Aaron Rodgers Injury Update: Latest Info on QB's Week 12 Status

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 24, 2013

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a left shoulder injury. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be inactive for his team’s Week 12 contest against the rival Minnesota Vikings.

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.

The Packers superstar suffered the devastating injury back on Nov. 4 in a Monday Night Football showdown with the Chicago Bears.

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.

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Scott Tolzien #16 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy during a fourth quarter time out while playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wiscon
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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.