Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was seen throwing a football before Week 11’s game against the Giants and confirmed in a radio interview with ESPN Milwaukee that he doesn’t have any pain while throwing.
“It felt good,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I had the adrenaline going.”
It is a positive sign for Rodgers’ recovery from the fractured collarbone he sustained in Week 9’s game against the Chicago Bears. Though Rodgers confirmed that doesn’t have any discomfort from the injury, he is not yet ready to return to game action.
“I think the biggest issue is not the pain at this point,” Rodgers said on Tuesday. “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.”
While the signs are positive for Rodgers status moving forward, he offered some caution regarding a possible return in the near future.
“We’re 15 days outside of a fractured collarbone,” Rodgers said. “Put that in the context of a normal healing cycle who’s had a similar injury to mine.”
With the Packers at 5-5 and with three consecutive losses since Rodgers departure, his return seems to be required for Green Bay’s playoff aspirations. Rodgers insisted there is still no timetable for his return.
“For that to happen, I would have to be on the field two days before the game,” Rodgers said. “So it would be Friday this week or Tuesday of next week [before the Thanksgiving game at Detroit], practicing. If that’s the case, then there’s a chance. If not, then I will be spectating.”
The Packers have already announced that Scott Tolzien will be under center for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Green Bay plays just a few days later on Thanksgiving against the Lions, so it’s hard to say that will be available for that game either.
We’ll have more regarding Rodgers as the news is available.