Aaron Rodgers Has Not Been Ruled Out, But Return Is Unlikely
Aaron Rodgers has certainly been missed by the Green Bay Packers since his collarbone injury that he suffered on November 4th against the Chicago Bears. Seneca Wallace finished the game, and two other quarterbacks have had the opportunity to start in his place, while Matt Flynn has become the current starter.
Rodgers has not been cleared to play in Sunday’s game yet, but the possibility of him being able to play has not been ruled out yet. In the 5 games that Aaron Rodgers has been out, the Packers have lost four games, and tied once.
While Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the sport, fans probably did not expect such a downward skid after his injury. Matt Flynn, who took over for Rodgers the last time that he got injured was tossed around the league since then, and was just recently signed by the Packers in order to fix the problem at the quarterback position.
He went down early in their game against the Bears, a game that they would later lose. It was originally reported that the star quarterback would be out 3-6 weeks, and as this weekend marks the 6 week mark, it comes time for coach Mike McCarthy and Packers to reevaluate the situation.
Mike McCarthy said he's not sure if Aaron Rodgers can play next week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2013
Aaron Rodgers’ fate in the remaining games of season is uncertain at this point, and with the way the team has played without him, it is unlikely that they will be able to make the playoffs. With any injury, it is better to play it safe and not come back too soon, which Rodgers understands, and he does not want to chance anything.
He will have a limited participant in practice on Wednesday with Matt Flynn as the starter. In Sunday’s game, the Packers will play the Atlanta Falcons, a team that has had a lot of trouble winning this season.
Over the weekend, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rappaport that Aaron Rodgers would be “lucky” to play on Sunday, and recent comments from Mike McCarthy have done nothing to change that.
#Packers coach Mike McCarthy says "there have been no internal conversations about shutting Aaron Rodgers down."
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 3, 2013
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has not yet been cleared to play, but will practice Wednesday & has not been ruled out for Sunday vs. Falcons.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 3, 2013
Upon seeing the x-rays, Rodgers said “We’re now four weeks and one day from my fracture. I’ve made a lot of progress. A lot of it is just the bone healing. Bone takes three to six weeks to heal. We all hoped we’d be on the short end of that. … I desperately want to be out there, but it has to look good.”
As one of the top players in the league, the Packers have missed Aaron Rodgers greatly, and would love to see him return to the field. However, if he is not cleared medically, then bringing him back on the field may not be the smart decision in this case. Coming off of a blowout loss against the Lions, the Packers have a record of 5-6-1, and since Rodgers left the field, they are 0-4-1, proving that they are unable to play without him. They are currently in third place in the NFC North.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 4, 2013
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