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It seemed like a normal offensive drive for the Packers on that Monday night against the Bears. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers swiftly moved the Packers down the field in their first possession. The Packers were poised to finish the drive with a touchdown when it happened.
When he was attempting to find an open receiver, Rodgers was taken down hard to the ground by defensive end Shea McClellin of the Bears.
The result? A fractured clavicle, which has kept No. 12 out of the lineup ever since. The Packers ended up losing that night to the Bears and have not won since then. The Packers have gone 0-3-1 since that injury to their offensive leader.
The Packers have had to play three other quarterbacks in the absence of Rodgers, and that hasn't happened in over 20 years. Not with Brett Favre and his 253 consecutive starts over 16 seasons, and Rodgers only missing a couple of games (only one to injury) in five-plus years.
It's hard to say when Rodgers will be back from his injury. I suffered the exact same injury once, and it was about a month before my injury healed. It's still less than a month, at this point, for Rodgers since his injury.
But the return of Rodgers is a must if the Packers have any chance of salvaging this season, and also having any success in the postseason, if they are fortunate enough to get there.
Head coach Mike McCarthy made it sound like Rodgers will not be available on Thanksgiving against the Lions, as he commented via Packers.com.
(I) had a meeting with Aaron. He would like to go (against the Lions). Frankly, based on the information where we are as far as the conversation with Aaron, the conversation with the medical staff, I would say he’s slim to none, to give you what I’m thinking. That’s where we are.
McCarthy also talked about what it would take for Rodgers to play.
Let’s be honest, he’s got to practice. There’s some physical rehab hurdles to get through that he hasn’t reached yet. Like I said, it would be a huge stretch for him to play in this game.
Packer Nation will be keeping a close eye on practice Wednesday, to see if Rodgers does indeed practice. The Green Bay season might depend on it.