Aaron Rodgers: Returning this week is ‘probably not going to happen’

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.