By Robert J. Matthews
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers refutes claims of selfishness for taking a roster spot without playing, clarifying that being activated from injured reserve wasn't his idea.
Rodgers revealed that the Jets organization wanted him on the roster to continue practicing, despite his inability to play due to an Achilles injury.
Despite Rodgers expressing willingness to finish the season on injured reserve, the Jets activated him, leading to the release of another player, fullback Nick Bawden.
Rodgers stated his initial assumption was to go on injured reserve, but a conversation arose about whether he wanted to practice, to which he expressed concerns about someone losing their spot on the team.
The decision to activate Rodgers meant the release of another player, prompting Rodgers to personally inform Bawden of the situation.
Bawden, as a vested veteran, still receives his guaranteed salary, while cornerback Kalon Barnes lost his spot on the practice squad due to the transaction.
Coach Robert Saleh confirmed the decision to activate Rodgers, highlighting the team's roster flexibility and the positive impact of having him on the practice field.
Quarterback Zach Wilson is out for the second straight game due to a concussion, with Trevor Siemian set to start against the Cleveland Browns.
The situation raises questions about player activations, roster management, and the broader context of vaccine-related controversies in the NFL.