According to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin, Rodgers was ruled out of the game earlier in the week as he continues to work his way back from a broken collarbone.
Former practice-squad quarterback Scott Tolzien has once again been named the starter in Rodgers’ stead and will be looking for his first win since taking over under center against the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 10.
This will be the third straight contest that Rodgers will be forced to miss as he recovers, but his latest comments seem to indicate a return could be on the horizon.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Rodgers can reportedly already throw and run without pain, but he's worried about re-injuring the collarbone:
I think the biggest issue is not the pain at this point. 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.
The veteran quarterback wouldn’t specify exactly how much longer he would remain sidelined, but he did mention that the rehabilitation process could be expedited due to his team’s record and recent struggles.
According to his appearance on Packers Live with Larry McCarren (h/t The Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein), Rodgers had this to say about his status:
I'm going to be back when I'm ready, when there's a very low risk of reinjuring that. Obviously, if you have another blow like I had, displacement of the collarbone could be three to five months of rehab. So, that's not what we want. At the same time, we're 5-5. We might need a little jolt here at some point.
Rodgers’ absence has certainly hurt Green Bay—which is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak—but the team is still very much alive in the NFC North race.
The Packers have a great chance of remaining in contention by winning at home against the rival Minnesota Vikings in Week 12, as bookmakers have installed them as a 5.5-point favorite, according to ScoresAndOdds.com.
It’s not time to panic yet, but if Green Bay falls on Sunday it may be time for Rodgers to find that aforementioned “jolt” that could save his team’s season.
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