Aaron Rodgers hasn’t seen meaningful NFL action since Week 9 against the Chicago Bears, when he was knocked out of the game with a collarbone injury.
Since then, the Green Bay Packers have barely been able to tread water, going 2-4-1 in the seven (counting the Bears loss) games without their starting quarterback.
Miraculously enough though, the Detroit Lions have choked away the division lead, and the Pack find themselves in a situation where they can win the next two games and win the NFC North. What once looked like a hopeless season without Rodgers now looks like a small window of opportunity, but one would still think Green Bay’s best chance of making the postseason still rests on the slowly healing collarbone of Rodgers.
The good news for Packer fans is that Rodgers will be evaluated today, and if he’s cleared to go, he’s not worried about being off his game due to the time off. Here’s what he had to say in an ESPN Milwaukee radio interview, courtesy of Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com:
When asked on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show on Tuesday whether he was concerned about being rusty and out of shape, Rodgers said: “Nah, I don’t really worry about those too much. As far as those two, I would worry a little bit more about conditioning but I’ve actually been doing my workouts and feeling good and practiced last week and took more reps than I had in a while and felt pretty good.
“I think I may have mentioned rust on Thursday last. I think my definition of rust and maybe other people’s definitions are probably a little different. I would rely on the guys, their answers to see how they thought I looked last week. But I felt pretty good.”
If Rodgers is cleared to go, he’ll have to quickly prepare for a huge game at Lambeau against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then a Week 17 matchup at Chicago.
If both the Packers and Bears win this weekend, Detroit will officially be eliminated and the Bears vs. Packers matchup in Week 17 will be for the division crown.