Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers Making 'Really Good Progress' in Injury Recovery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2017

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks during a news conference after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed to reporters Thursday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was progressing in his recovery from a broken collarbone.

"I think he's making really good progress," McCarthy said, per the team. "Training staff and strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He's moving right along."

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Rodgers was spotted doing rehab work off to the side during Green Bay's practice Wednesday, the first time he's been seen working out since his surgery.

The Packers shared an image from the workout:

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was impressed with the progress Rodgers has made.

"I think we've got to wait until Week 15 or something like that, but, for a guy who just had surgery several weeks ago, you wouldn't be able to tell that he had surgery," he told Demovsky on Wednesday. "We've still got to wait, but it's good to see."

Wideout Jordy Nelson concurred.

"It's good to see him running around a little bit, doing some things," he noted. "I think with all the guys that have been banged up, it's always fun to see him, good to see him back out there doing some things, and seeing the progress and having a good spirit about it."

Rodgers, 33, suffered the broken collarbone during a Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and had surgery shortly thereafter. The Packers announced at the time that the injury could cost him the remainder of the season and placed him on injured reserve, meaning he cannot return until Dec. 17 against the Carolina Panthers at the earliest. 

"It's going to come down to the bone healing," Rodgers said on Nov. 3, per Mike Spofford of Packers.com. "That’s the most important thing. There won't be a decision made until that bone is healed, so it's not even a conversation if it's not where it needs to be."  

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