For the primary time since he broke his collarbone on Oct. 15, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers met with the media on Friday. As anticipated, questions on a timeline for his return got here up. But Rodgers did not provide any specifics by way of a date.
Still, it is easy. He return comes all the way down to how the bone is therapeutic.
“It’s going to come down to the bone healing. That’s the most important thing,” Rodgers mentioned, per the staff’s web site. “There won’t be a decision made until that bone is healed, so it’s not even a conversation if it’s not where it needs to be.”
When Rogers initially suffered the harm, the staff admitted that Rodgers may miss the rest of the season. Rodgers then underwent surgical procedure and was positioned on injured reserve, which made him eligible to return after eight weeks. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers are “holding out hope” that he can return for his or her Week 15 recreation towards the Panthers on Dec. 17.
But that doubtless will not be as much as Rodgers. It’s not a ache tolerance deal; as a substitute, it is fully as much as how rapidly the bone heals.
“I’m always positive,” he mentioned. “It comes down to how fast the bone heals. If it heals and we’re in the right position, then there’s a conversation. If the bone isn’t healed, there’s absolutely no conversation to be had.”
So there are two elements at play right here: how Rodgers’ bone heals, and the way the Packers fare with Brett Hundley underneath middle. If the Packers fall out of playoff competition with out Rodgers, there isn’t any use in dashing him again. But in the event that they’re nonetheless alive, it makes complete sense for him to return again. Remember when Rodgers returned from a damaged collarbone to stun the Bears in Week 17 of the 2013 season with a late fourth-down landing, which received them the division? Bears followers definitely do.
At Four-Three, the Packers are nonetheless within the combine. But they have video games towards the Lions, Bears, Ravens, Steelers, Buccaneers, and Browns to get by till the Week 15 goal that Demovsky recognized. None of these video games — besides the Browns one — is a gimme for the Rodgers-less Packers. Plus, the Vikings are rolling at 6-2. So, it isn’t inconceivable to suppose the Packers might be nearly out of it by Week 15.
But if they’re in it and the bone is healed, he’ll be again.
“I want to be healthy, that’s the most important thing,” he mentioned. “But if we’re healthy in eight weeks and it would make sense to come back, then I’m going to come back.”
Rodgers declined so as to add extra gasoline to the hearth after the Vikings and Packers spent the week after the harm defending and attacking Anthony Barr for his takedown, which did not lead to a positive for the Vikings linebacker. Rodgers nonetheless appears to suppose Barr went too far, however admitted that the league deemed the hit a authorized one.
“It was deemed a legal hit. You know that you don’t have the same protection outside the pocket,” he mentioned. “A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation, but it is what it is.”