The Green Bay Packers looked lost on Thanksgiving when they took on the Detroit Lions in their latest game without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was able to return to practice on a limited basis this past week, so many were wondering when he could return to the field.
Since the Packers Week 13 game was on a Thursday, it looked like Rodgers could return next week, but will he?
With ten days until the Packers are set to return to the field, Rodgers will get some extra time to rest his collarbone. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was asked if that rest could lead to Rodgers suiting up for Week 14, but the coach said it is no sure thing.
“I don’t know that,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I just know when we came off the field Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to play yet. So we’ll see how the testing goes, but it needs to be the right thing. I know he wants to play. I know he’s trying to gear up each and every week to play, but we’ll see what happens next week.”
Rodgers will still need to be cleared and shed his red non-contact jersey at practice before returning to the field, so we should get our answer sometime next week.
If Rodgers can’t return soon, it is very likely that the Packers will be eliminated from the playoff picture and they could ultimately choose to shut Rodgers down for the year.