Aaron Rodgers Returns to Practice for 1st Time Since Collarbone Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly practiced for the first time Saturday since suffering a collarbone injury, as the team designated him as a player to return from injured reserve.

Ian Rapoport‏ of NFL Network reported Rodgers wasn't cleared for full contact and that his next medical scan isn't scheduled until after the Packers' clash with the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 10.

The 34-year-old two-time NFL Most Valuable Player broke his collarbone during Green Bay's 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said in mid-November the quarterback was making strides.

"I think he's making really good progress," he told reporters. "Training staff and strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He's moving right along."

Whether he makes a late-season return depends on several factors, including results of the scan after the Browns game and whether the Packers are still alive in the playoff hunt, per Rapoport.

Brett Hundley has struggled to fill the massive void. The 2015 fifth-round selection has completed 61.4 percent of his throws for 1,185 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions across seven games. He's added 110 yards and two scores on the ground.

By comparison, Rodgers had a 66.3 percent completion rate with 13 touchdowns and three picks in six games. His 103.2 passer rating ranks fifth in the league.

The Packers have a winnable home game this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will then travel to face the winless Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. With two victories, they would improve to 7-6 on the cusp of an update on Rodgers' status and a game at the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.

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