Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he’s aiming to play vs. Atlanta Falcons

Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) answers questions from reporter Michelle Tafoya after the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers on Thanksgiving, but fans should have something to be thankful for come Week 14 as it’s expected Aaron Rodgers will return from his injury.

The MVP quarterback told ESPN prior to Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions that while he’s not completely confident that his broken collarbone has healed, he ‘hopes’ to be on the field in Week 14 against the Atlanta Falcons:

But Rodgers told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman before Thursday’s game that he hopes to play on Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rodgers told Holtzman that he is not completely certain that his fractured collarbone, which has not been X-rayed recently, is completely healed. The former league MVP said he is concerned about his strength and flexibility — and he thinks he will regain them in time to return against the Falcons.

Rodgers not playing in recent weeks hasn’t been because of pain or a lack of motion, but rather a further risk of injury. Doctors informed Rodgers and the Packers that Aaron could sustain a much more damaging injury if he played before the collarbone fully repaired, so that’s why the quarterback has continued to be sidelined.

Barring a setback, it’s looking as if Rodgers will be back in Week 14.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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  • JaKa

    In looking at the entire bag of worms, the Packers are going to need more than Aaron Rodgers in top form to be competitive. To round things off, let’s say the Pack is paying AaRodg 10-mil. and the team payouts are roughly (rounded out) 40-mil. Without the Hero of the Season & franchise: kids, adults, and non-Wisconsinites Arodg fans, the team is virtually non-competitive at all. That is with 1-fourth of your team playing (10-mil out of 40-mil = 1/4), assuming that most players are back now, and more didn’t go and stay down from the Lions game. That lack of function we saw in Detroit will improve by 25% with Rodgers behind center next week. The team will need two (2) more Aaron Rodgers to be competitive against any NFL teams. The front office would love it to have that kind of loot hidden behind a locker or anywhere, but the NFL won’t let them pay out that much any way. There are guidelines for teams cash flows that won’t allow such things. The biggest IF on this is IF you could find two more players at any position as talented as he has proven to be for TitleTown, USA.

    So, we must face the facts Packer lovers: The team without him has proven, (I can’t even think of that name, hardly…) they have proven on offence that against a team that is in the 2nd best dividing all teams from the NFL into 1/4ths of talent, the Lions are in the 2nd best category there. Before the collar broke, the Pack was in the 1st category, now we have to face reality, they officially are in the 4th category, suck.

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