Aaron Rodgers Injury: Updates on Packers QB's Collarbone, Likely Return Date
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 5
With starter Aaron Rodgers likely to miss his fifth consecutive game with the fractured left collarbone he suffered Nov. 4 – Rodgers underwent x-rays and a CT scan earlier this week and the scan did not result in him being medically cleared for game action, although he did practice Wednesday on a limited basis – Flynn is expected to get the chance to redeem himself after a horrendous Thanksgiving Day showing.
The Packers have not officially ruled Rodgers out, but that word could come as early as Friday. Rodgers said himself Wednesday that being a game-time decision wouldn’t be fair to Flynn.
Updates from Wednesday, Dec. 4
Jason Wilde of ESPN has the latest on Aaron Rodgers as he tries to return to the Packers' lineup:
Rodgers taking snaps in individual QB drills from centers JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart. Flynn was with Dietrich-Smith.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 4, 2013
Rodgers looks like he has good zip on the ball as he throws in individual drills to Nelson. And yes, his right arm/collarbone are fine.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 4, 2013
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette had more from practice:
Rodgers has sufficient zip on ball on short to intermediate passes he threw today. But his big issue is, can he take a hit?— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) December 4, 2013
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more on Rodgers:
Aaron Rodgers officially listed as a "limited" participant with the broken collarbone.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 4, 2013
Rob Demovsky of ESPN had more on the chances of Rodgers playing this weekend:
MM on Rodgers as a game-time decision: Until he's cleared medically, we have to be practical. Try to do more each day and see what happens.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 4, 2013
McCarthy also elaborated more on how Rodgers looked during practice (via Marc Sessler of NFL.com)
"I thought he looked good for what they asked him to do," coach Mike McCarthy told reporters. "He did everything seamlessly, individual drills. Basically, he did everything he was cleared to do medically. He was in rehab mode."
With Rodgers' status still in the air, Matt Flynn did work with the first team today (via Sessler)
Rodgers also commented on his status after practice (via Wilde and Dunne):
Rodgers: "It's the strength, the range of motion and the evidence that we see on the scan. Two out of three are passed so far."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 4, 2013
Rodgers on if this could go to game time: "No, I don’t think that’s fair to Matt if we do that. I think by Friday or Saturday at the latest.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 4, 2013
Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 3
The Green Bay Packers provide this quote from Mike McCarthy, who speaks about Aaron Rodgers' status:
MM: Rodgers has not been medically cleared yet. Will practice in limited fashion Wed. Not ruled out for Sun game yet— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 3, 2013
Jason Wilde of ESPN passes along details about how the Packers will proceed going forward:
McCarthy says the #Packers will see what Rodgers can do in practice tomorrow. Says Rodgers "feels good."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 3, 2013
NFL: Around the League has more from McCarthy, who talks about the possibility of Rodgers not returning this season:
MM: "There have been no internal conversations about shutting Aaron Rodgers down."— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 3, 2013
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers will undergo testing on his shoulder:
Packers QBAaron Rodgers scheduled today for scans on his shoulder to determine how much healing has occurred. Lot riding on results— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) December 3, 2013
From ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
Rodgers: "I can't say this morning was the greatest news. I was hoping for full clearance, and we didn't get that."— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 3, 2013
Updates from Sunday, Dec. 1
For #Packers, if Rodgers can’t go this week & they have no chance at the playoffs, source said it’s possible Rodgers is shut down for 2013— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013
Dec. 8 has been the target date for #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to return. Source now tells me “he’d be lucky” to be able to return this week— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013
ESPN's Jason Wilde followed:
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, on reports he may be shut down for year: "I don't plan on playing 'til I'm 30." His 30th birthday is tomorrow.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 1, 2013
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also says fractured left collarbone has not been examined since before Thanksgiving. Players off since Thursday,— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 1, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 28:
ESPN's SportsCenter account followed with more from Rodgers:
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he hopes to play next Sunday, and he thinks his collarbone is completely healed. (via @BobHoltzmanESPN)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 28, 2013
Rob Demovsky of ESPN confirmed on Wednesday, Nov. 27 that Rodgers wouldn't play in Week 13:
As expected, #Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 27, 2013
The Packers then confirmed Matt Flynn would start in his place:
McCarthy-Matt Flynn will be the starter. He's taken all the starter's reps this week. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 27, 2013
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 26:
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an update on Aaron Rodgers:
Rodgers throwing in practice. pic.twitter.com/L9Wfie5Bud— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) November 26, 2013
Keep in mind with Rodgers, he could be cleared to practice but not play. Media was kicked out before team drills began. Stay tuned. #Packers— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) November 26, 2013
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had more from head coach Mike McCarthy:
McCarthy on Rodgers: Went through individual drills. Does not look like Aaron will make it (for Thursday).— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 26, 2013
McCarthy on Rodgers: "I don't think he's going to make it this week. ...Closer to 'none.'"— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 26, 2013
More MM on Rodgers: This is a medical decision and he's not quite ready.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 26, 2013
McCarthy: Matt Flynn took the starter reps today. That's where we are. Business as usual.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 26, 2013
Updates from Monday, Nov. 25:
Jason Wilde of ESPN has an update on Aaron Rodgers' status:
McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers playing: "He would like to go. I would say he's slim to none. That's what I'm thinking."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 25, 2013
McCarthy: "It would be a huge stretch for (Rodgers) to play in this game."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 25, 2013
More McCarthy on Rodgers: "If he doesn't practice Wednesday, he won't play in the game."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 25, 2013
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 19
Rodgers was seen tossing a ball around at MetLife Stadium before Sunday's game against the New York Giants, an exercise he said Tuesday during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee was a pain-free experience.
"It felt good," Rodgers said. "I had the adrenaline going."
Rodgers said he also has no pain while running, but he has not attempted to take a snap yet.
"I think the biggest issue is not the pain at this point," Rodgers said. "It is the risk of taking a shot like that and what it would do if [the collarbone] displaced. Obviously, I'd be out for the season and worried about any type of complications going forward."
Updates from Monday, Nov. 18
As Aaron Rodgers continues to miss time, the Packers have decided to stick with Scott Tolzien under center, as announced via the team's Twitter account:
McCarthy-Scott Tolzien will start for us this week. #Packers— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 18, 2013
McCarthy-For Aaron Rodgers-I don't make medical decisions. We know he wants to return as soon as he can, when he can, that's when it happens— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 18, 2013
Updates for Wednesday, Nov. 13
Asked if it was the team’s Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit, Rodgers replied, “I would like to be back this week. Now, whether that’s realistic or not remains to be seen. I would never rule myself out on a Tuesday. Now, Mike probably already has, I think.”
“I haven’t given up hope on playing any week. It depends on how I heal and depends on what the next x-ray looks like,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, this week is probably not going to happen -- not going to happen. (pause) Probably not going to happen.”
“I think I’m going to know when I’m ready to play,” he said. “And I’m going to play.”
Updates for Monday, Nov. 11
Tom Pelissero of USA Today had an update on Aaron Rodgers' status as he tries to heal from a collarbone injury:
McCarthy says he hasn't gotten a date for Aaron Rodgers' return but believes he's at least "a couple weeks" away from returning.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 11, 2013
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports provides an updated timetable for Aaron Rodgers' return following additional tests on his collarbone:
Said on @FOXSportsLive, source pins it at roughly 4-6 weeks for Aaron Rodgers. Fourth week tricky b/c T'giving game is 3.5 wks from injury.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 6, 2013
From ESPN's Jason Wilde:
McCarthy on coaching without Rodgers last night: "I was peeking at the tunnel. I'm not going to lie to you there."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 5, 2013
From the Around the League Twitter account:
McCarthy "relieved" that Rodgers' injury is not season-ending in nature. "Everybody felt better" with today's information.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 5, 2013
As for how McCarthy feels about backup Seneca Wallace? He sounds pretty optimistic according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
McCarthy: "I have all the confidence in the world in Seneca."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 5, 2013
From ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
Rodgers: "It's a difficult injury because there's not a specific type of rehab."— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 5, 2013
Rodgers: I have a fractured collarbone, and we haven't talked at all about timetable.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 5, 2013
Rodgers: "Pain tolerance, it's the balance of pain tolerance and putting yourself at a greater risk."— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 5, 2013
From ESPN's Jason Wilde:
Rodgers: "I've been a quick healer in the past and am hopeful this will be on the short end of whatever prognosis comes up."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 5, 2013
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne:
Rodgers: "Any more tests we have to do, we'll do them. It's a waiting game now."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 5, 2013
From Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
Source confirms Rodgers does indeed have a broken collarbone. As for a timetable, source said "It's going to be a little while." #Packers— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 5, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter had more information on Rodgers' condition:
The Packers do not want to make any determination until Rodgers undergoes further testing Tuesday, according to sources.
A source confirmed to ESPN.com that Rodgers has a broken collarbone but will not need surgery.
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
More definitive scans today but initial tests showed small fracture in Aaron Rodgers' collarbone that could sideline him about three weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
But Packers do not want to make any determination until Aaron Rodgers undergoes more testing today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
ESPN's Rob Demovsky provides a report from colleague Ed Werder on Rodgers' outlook:
"It doesn't look good," A Packers source told ESPN's Ed Werder on Tuesday. "This is the one we couldn't afford to lose."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the source there was no specific diagnosis on Rodgers' left shoulder. The source told Werder that further tests are due Tuesday, including an MRI, but there was significant enough swelling to prevent doctors from determining the severity of the injury.
When I asked if Rodgers could miss the rest of the regular season, the source said, "Possibly, but they need to see more."
The severity of any fracture in Aaron Rodgers' shoulder and the exact location will both determine how many games he misses— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 5, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com followed:
Packers are waiting on any moves or decisions until Aaron Rodgers gets his scans. That said, have a hunch they promote Scott Tolzien— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2013
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
ESPNMilwaukee's Jason Wilde, who hosts Rodgers' radio show, asked via text if collarbone broke. Rodgers' reply: "Getting some tests (today)"— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
From Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin:
Asked via iMessage if he broke his collarbone, #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers replied, "We're getting some tests tomorrow." Sorry, all I've got.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 5, 2013
Told Rodgers to let me know if he wants to do his radio show tomorrow. His reply: "Just depends on my treatment schedule."— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 5, 2013
Around The League reports:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says left shoulder injury for Aaron Rodgers.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 5, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL.com provides a quote from coach Mike McCarthy:
McCarthy on Rodgers: "They don't have an exact diagnosis. We'll know more tomorrow."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 5, 2013
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports added:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says no exact determination on Aaron Rodgers injury. will undergo further tests— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 5, 2013
The Green Bay Packers posted that Rodgers had gotten looked at on the sidelines following a sack by Shea McClellin.
QB Aaron Rodgers jogging off field to locker room. Was getting looked at on sideline following sack. #CHIvsGB— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 5, 2013
ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde reported the return was considered questionable.
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury. His return is questionable.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) November 5, 2013
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Seneca Wallace will be the quarterback in Rodgers' absence.
Seneca Wallace is the backup QB if Rodgers isn't back from the shoulder injury. He's made an impression on Mike McCarthy to this point.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 5, 2013
The Packers confirmed that Rodgers was out for the game later in the half:
Rodgers is officially out for the game. Just announced in press box. #CHIvsGB— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 5, 2013
Rodgers would return to the sideline in the second half:
Aaron Rodgers just walked to the Packers sideline in sweatpants and a hoodie. No visible shoulder harness.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 5, 2013
As ESPN's Stat & Info account reminds us, Rodgers is incredibly durable:
Aaron Rodgers has missed only 2 games since becoming the Packers starter in 2008 (1 due to injury, 1 to rest in season finale).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 5, 2013
There may be no one player more important to his team than Aaron Rodgers to the Packers. Although it has been without Jermichael Finley, James Jones, and Randall Cobb at various points of the season, Green Bay has remained one of the best passing teams in the league. It's no secret why.
The drop-off between Rodgers and Wallace would appear to be pretty steep. With the Packers (5-3) now in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North after Monday night's loss, it goes without saying that Rodgers' health is of utmost importance to Mike McCarthy and the Packers.
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