Aaron Rodgers Mysteriously Absent From Jets' Minicamp

By Jason Hall

June 11, 2024

New York Jets OTA Offseason Workouts
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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was mysteriously absent from the team's mandatory minicamp on Tuesday (June 11), according to head coach Robert Saleh.

Rodgers, 40, who had previously been present for the Jets' OTAs and other sessions, and linebacker Haason Reddick, who is holding out for a new contract, were both deemed as unexcused absences by Saleh, who told reporters the quarterback was, instead, attending an event "that was very important to him."

"Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started," Saleh said via NFL.com. "He's been very good in communication. He's been here the entire time. It's inexcused, but he had an event that was very important to him, which he communicated."

Rodgers was acquired by the Jets after last offseason after 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, but limited to just four snaps before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in his Jets debut last September.

"I feel really good," Rodgers said of his injury status last month via NFL.com. "It's just about the mental part. These practices have been nice the last couple of days. Feel what it's like to be out there, to be moving around, to not be thinking about it and see how I respond the next day. This is the last part.

"The strength is good, the movement is good, just the confidence to do everything."

Reddick, 29, was acquired by the Jets in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in April and is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal he signed with the Eagles in 2022. The New Jersey native was selected to the Pro Bowl during each of the past two seasons and a second-team All-Pro in 2022.

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