Injured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he
never gives up hope on playing, though he is not sure exactly when he will be
back on the field.
Rodgers said on his radio show on 540-AM ESPN that he’s
doing everything he can to return from the fractured left collarbone suffered a
week earlier in a 27-20 loss to the Bears. He said he’s giving the bone time to
heal, and that Tuesday was the best he had felt since getting hurt.
Seneca Wallace started for Green Bay in the 27-13 loss
Sunday to the Eagles, but was knocked out after one series with a sore groin.
Third-stringer Scott Tolzien played well given the circumstances
in relief. Coach Mike McCarthy has already pronounced Tolzien the starter
against the Giants on Sunday.
Rodgers pointed to “small victories” in his
recovery, like sleeping through an entire night, and putting socks on without
being in extreme pain.
“I haven’t given up hope on playing any week. It
depends on how I heal,” Rodgers said on is radio show. “Obviously
this week is probably not going to happen. Not going to happen.”
Pressed again, Rodgers said “probably not going to
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he thought the 2011 NFL
MVP might be a couple weeks away, though he doesn’t have a specific date.
Rodgers’ former backup, Matt Flynn has also been brought in
for a look with the Packers hurting at quarterback. Flynn has been released
this year by the Raiders and Bills.