Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers broke his silence finally after his Achilles injury that he suffered Monday night. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Despite tearing his Achilles tendon during the first game of the season, New York Jets star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has refused to rule out the possibility of returning this season – and so has his head coach Robert Saleh.

During a press conference this week, Robert Saleh made it clear that once Aaron Rodgers is cleared to play, he will play if that’s what he wants.

“Aaron’s a big boy, a grown man, and no one’s going to know Aaron’s body like Aaron knows his body,” Saleh said according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “And if he feels after all the doctors clear him — I’m sure there’s a million of them, I have no idea — but if Aaron says he wants to play, he’s going to play.”

There’s no clear timeline for when Rodgers could be able to return to the team, but Saleh thinks once Rodgers is healthy and gets re-acclimated to the team, he can play.

“I would imagine he’s going to want to acclimate to the meetings and reconnect himself,” Saleh said Wednesday. “There’s been a lot of changes to the system since he’s been out, and just trying to figure things out with the guys that we have.

“I have an admiration for him. We’re very young on the offensive side of the ball and his veteran presence is always welcome. [He’ll be able to] just get himself back in the building, get reacclimated around his teammates, re-involved in meetings. Then whenever his clock starts, it starts — if he’s able.”

We’ll have to see whether or not that happens.

[Pro Football Talk]