Aaron Rodgers won’t ‘put any chances’ on a Sunday return

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The most recent scan of Aaron Rodgers’

left collarbone didn’t reveal the good news for which the Green Bay Packers

were hoping. Though Rodgers practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and claims

to have full range of motion and his strength back, the medical reports aren’t

where they need to be.

With four days before the Packers’ home game against the

Atlanta Falcons, and with Green Bay one more loss away from likely being eliminated

from playoff contention, Rodgers might continue to be sidelined.

“I don’t want to put any chances on it,” Rodgers

said. “I think it’s a collaborative thing where we have to make sure we’re

all on the same page and get cleared medically before I can get on the

field.”

Given that it’s the result of the medical scan that’s preventing Rodgers from playing, the one-time NFL MVP quarterback

needs to heal quickly in the coming days. However, coach Mike McCarthy said

“we’re not going to continue doing that,” when asked if Rodgers will

be scanned again this week. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Rodgers will be

ready for Sunday’s game.

“I think you have to just follow the protocol of the

rehab,” McCarthy said. “This is a medical situation just like every

other player, and they have a plan for him to progress and hopefully he comes

in here tomorrow (Thursday) and feels better and maybe he’ll be able to do more

tomorrow, so we’ll see.”

Rodgers only did individual drills in Wednesday’s practice

while Matt Flynn took all of the starter’s reps. With Rodgers’ status uncertain, the Packers will not wait until game-time

Sunday to decide who their starting quarterback will be.

“No, I don’t think that’s fair to Matt if we do

that,” Rodgers said. “I think by Friday, or Saturday at the latest,

there will be a decision.”

After Green Bay’s Thanksgiving game last week, Packers

players had the weekend off. Rodgers used that time to travel back to his home

state of California, but while he was there, reports surfaced with updates on

his progress. Knowing that his medical information was being disseminated did

not sit well with Rodgers.

“There’s enough people who are supposedly getting leaks

from this organization that can make their own assumptions,” Rodgers said

when asked specifically about his scan.

Other reports suggested that the Packers were considering

shutting down Rodgers if Green Bay loses to the Falcons, though McCarthy denied

Tuesday that any conversations like that took place. Asked of that

possibility, Rodgers said “that’s not my decision.”

In the month since Rodgers broke his left collarbone at the

conclusion of the first drive on Nov. 4, the Packers have gone 0-4-1. Neither

Seneca Wallace nor Scott Tolzien nor Flynn have been able to get Green Bay a

win.

Rodgers has practiced on a limited basis three times so far,

but he’s yet to take part in any team drills.

“It’s tough not to be out there with the guys,”

Rodgers said. “I think that’s where the frustration lies. It’s tough to

not see us winning football games, but, you know, I need to take some of my own

advice: worry about the things you can control. I can’t control the healing of

my bone. That’s frustrating. But I’ve been preparing as if I was going to play

every week and trying to help Matt and Scott out as much as I possibly can.

“But it’s been tough to not see us winning football

games.”

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