Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Tuesday morning on a limited basis, as he continues his return from a broken left collarbone. Rodgers is not expected to play on Thursday when his team takes on the NFC North rival Detroit Lions, but he is getting closer.
Rodgers spoke to the media after the practice session concluded and he said that he is still working to get back to full strength and avoid further risk of the injury.
“There’s obviously risk-management and then here’s the flexibility and the strength, which are two other components of this injury that have to be where I want them to be in order to play. The flexibility and the strength have been the last to come and we’ll go from there,” Rodgers said, via ESPNWisconsin.com
“We’re 22 days out from the injury today. Expectations have been high, and I’ve obviously been trying to push it as much as has been reasonable, but it’s a waiting game with broken bones and obviously it doesn’t just affect the bone, it affects the muscles around it and range of motion and the strength you have on that left side and in that shoulder. Obviously I know I’m a right-handed quarterback, but I still need to be able to have strength in that arm.”
Back up quarterback Matt Flynn is taking first-team snaps this week while Rodgers awaits the full clearance from doctors and his optimism is promising, but we will still have to wait a few more weeks until we see him back on Sunday’s.