Rodgers’ return not a sure thing yet

Updated: November 29, 2013
Aaron Rodgers

By Rob Demovsky |

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers plans to be back for the Green Bay Packers’ next game on Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

He said as much before Thursday’s loss at the Detroit Lions.

But at this point, 10 days away from that game, that can’t be said for sure.

“I don’t know that,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during an early morning news conference on Friday. “I just know when we came off the field Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to play yet. So we’ll see how the testing goes, but it needs to be the right thing. I know he wants to play. I know he’s trying to gear up each and every week to play, but we’ll see what happens next week.”

McCarthy gave the players off until Monday following Thursday’s 40-10 loss to the Lions that dropped them to 5-6-1 and 1.5 games behind the first-place Lions in the NFC North with four games remaining.

The game against the Falcons is 34 days after Rodgers broke his collarbone on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. Rodgers has said doctors told him the normal recovery time from his injury is 6-8 weeks.

The Packers have started three different quarterbacks — Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and most recently Matt Flynn — since Rodgers was injured. Flynn struggled against the Lions, leading the Packers to just three points on offense.

Rodgers returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis. He took part in the individual drills. He said he has not had any pain while throwing for several weeks. However, it’s not yet known if the bone is healed sufficiently enough to withstand a hit. Rodgers has not had an X-ray recently to determine that.

“There’s obviously risk-management, and then there’s the flexibility and the strength, which are two other components of this injury that have to be where I want them to be in order to play,” Rodgers said Tuesday on ESPN Milwaukee radio show. “The flexibility and the strength have been the last to come and we’ll go from there.”