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Aaron Rodgers thinking Thanksgiving, if not before

Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers AP

It’s still going to be some time before Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets back on the field because of his broken collarbone.

But he said Tuesday he had achieved a significant milestone — he can get himself dressed.

That has him thinking about his return, perhaps even before Thanksgiving.

During his weekly radio show with Jason Wilde on 540 ESPN, Rodgers said he had a date in mind for his return. Asked specifically if that date was Nov. 28 for a Thanksgiving game against the Lions, Rodgers sounded hopeful.

I would like to be back this week,” he said. “Now, whether that’s realistic or not remains to be seen. I would never rule myself out on a Tuesday. Now, Mike [McCarthy] probably already has, I think.”

Rodgers hinted that he’s shooting for the game before Thanksgiving, the Nov. 24 game against the Vikings, which would be 20 days out from his injury.

“I’m doing everything I can to get back out there,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “We have our treatment routines. Again, it’s giving the bone time to heal and not trying to do anything too stupid to aggravate it. The collarbone obviously has an important role in your shoulder movement. Small victories to me have been being able to sleep through an entire night, which I finally can; being able to put a shirt over my head, which I can now; putting socks on. Yes, I can put them on without being in an extreme amount of pain.”

That might be a small accomplishment, and returning from such an injury in the next 11 days might be wishful thinking.

Scott Tolzien will start for the Packers this week, and the Packers need to win a game without Rodgers to have a good chance of making the playoffs.

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33 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers thinking Thanksgiving, if not before”
  1. stellarperformance says: Nov 13, 2013 6:11 AM

    I had him out for six weeks…..because it always takes longer than they say, and he is a franchise player….take no chances.

    So, they need to go 3-3 in that stretch and they are now 0-1.

    Stay Calm and Carry On.

  2. jacobknicks says: Nov 13, 2013 6:16 AM

    Troubling question that the article begs us to bring: who was dressing Aaron Rodgers before?

  3. GenXJay says: Nov 13, 2013 6:17 AM

    please big mike, rush him back. the repercussions are an endless list of possibilities.

  4. punkthepack says: Nov 13, 2013 6:33 AM

    ……..he can get himself dressed. What’s Ryan Braun gonna do now?

  5. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 13, 2013 6:44 AM

    Tolzien can get us through.

    I’m far more worried about (and disgusted with) the defense.

  6. ziggystheansah says: Nov 13, 2013 7:11 AM

    Suh and thanksgiving games do not end up well. Warning to u rodgers
    #GoLions

  7. hodag54501 says: Nov 13, 2013 7:27 AM

    Even with Aaron returning, the Packers are done. Besides Rodgers, two starters on the offensive line are hurt. Cobb is still out and Finley’s done for the season. The subs are ok, but are nowhere near as good as the starters. That’s a lot of offense gone. Lacy is pretty good, but he nearly got obliterated by the Eagles who keyed on his every move.
    On defense, Matthews is about 50% effective with a club on his broken thumb, Nick Perry is hurt…again…(and has been a bust) and the secondary is playing like they make cheese in Switzerland. The Eagles really gashed them last week. There is virtually no pass rush.
    When Aaron gets back they will win a 3 more games but that’s it. It’s the Lions year, maybe the Bears. Packers are done.
    From a Packers fan since 1961.

  8. hansenbrothers says: Nov 13, 2013 7:34 AM

    If they win the next two games, bring him back. If not, then why bother rushing it?

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2013 8:07 AM

    If he makes it back by thanksgiving, it will set the standard for returning from injuries at a record pace.

    I’d say that currently belongs to RGIII. Before you Vikings fans get all upset, I’m talking about naturally healing, not taking illegal drugs and steroids. If we included cheating, then I’d include Peterson

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2013 9:10 AM

    No need to rush it. We are in good hands with Tolzien and Flynn until he is ready. They are more than capable to keep us in the playoff hunt.

  11. beerbratscheese says: Nov 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration as far as when to bring Rodgers back. His health is obviously the main factor.

    However, if the Bears and Lions continue to lose games as well (and I’m not saying they will), to keep the Packers in it, you can rest him another week.

    Also, I don’t think I’d bring him back until Barclay and Evan Dietrich-Smith are back. There’s no depth there at O-line. I guess We may finally see what Sherrod can do, but there’s still to many “ifs” there with the starters out.

  12. kamikazebulldog says: Nov 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    I love the way you always bring up PEDs when talking about Peterson there Tokyo, when you have Clay Matthews staring you in the face on your favorite squad.

    Just like Lattimore from the movie ‘The Program’, special teamer for three years, then all of a sudden a monster with an attitude to boot.

    Whatever you say there, guy.

  13. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    I love the way you always bring up PEDs when talking about Peterson there Tokyo, when you have Clay Matthews staring you in the face on your favorite squad.

    Just like Lattimore from the movie ‘The Program’, special teamer for three years, then all of a sudden a monster with an attitude to boot.

    Whatever you say there, guy.

    —–

    You mean like getting hurt, then not only coming back from injury but almost breaking a record, and saying “100 yard games are easy”?

    Ohhhh. Now I understand.

    You’re dumb.

  14. nickynick04 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    When did Matthews ever fail a blood test
    It appears some people have not a clue what comes out of their mouth

  15. purpleguy says: Nov 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    No amount of wishful thinking, therapy or even the stuff CMIII takes can enhance the healing process for a broken bone. And really, with the way the defense has performed and Dom Capers as coordinator, will it matter? And yes, I know my team sucks more, so there.

  16. axespray says: Nov 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    I really don’t understand the mindset of viking fans…

    I can understand obsessing about a favorite team, but obsessing about a rival team…. just doesn’t seem healthy.

  17. faultylogic29 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    thehatefulnerd says: Nov 13, 2013 6:44 AM

    Tolzien can get us through.

    I’m far more worried about (and disgusted with) the defense.

    _

    Agreed.

    I’d really prefer Rodgers take at least 4 games off. We don’t need a bad injury to become severe in a worst case scenario.

    Tolzien with a good run game should be good enough to put points on the board. There’s a lot of problems with the defense right now though. It’s getting tough to watch, especially at the end of games. The defense needs a leader.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    Thank goodness! The nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the most beloved player in football will finally be returning to his throne.

  19. stellarperformance says: Nov 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    jacobknicks says:
    Nov 13, 2013 6:16 AM
    Troubling question that the article begs us to bring: who was dressing Aaron Rodgers before?

    ////////////////////////////////

    It’s only troubling to people who wish THEY could be his personal attendant.

  20. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 13, 2013 11:20 AM

    axespray says: Nov 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    I really don’t understand the mindset of viking fans…

    I can understand obsessing about a favorite team, but obsessing about a rival team…. just doesn’t seem healthy.
    ______________

    That would be a great comment except for look at the Packer Lackys like Tokyo and Filthy. They are worse than any viking fan obsessing about a rival team. They bring MN into articles about other teams.

    That is why your post makes no sense. Or maybe you just have Green and yellow glasses on and don’t notice it.

  21. purplepunisher says: Nov 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    Peterson has been an exceptional foorball player his whole life. He was greatest player in peewee, high scool, college, and now he is the best NFL RB of all time! Nothing he does should surprise you!

    Clay Matthews was a skinny weakling bench rider for his first 3 years at USC. He only got on the team because of his dad. Then all of a sudden he gains 60lbs of muscle his senior year of collge. (yeah right he’s not on anything.)

  22. sellinmp1506 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:42 AM

    “Suh and thanksgiving games do not end up well. Warning to u rodgers
    #GoLions”
    …………………………………………

    True, they don’t end well. The Lions have lost the last 9 and Suh ends up in Goodell’s office.

  23. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    …or is he thanking Thinksgiving?

  24. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    nickynick04 says:Nov 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    When did Matthews ever fail a blood test
    It appears some people have not a clue what comes out of their mouth
    ____

    When did Peterson ever fail a blood test? If you’re going to accuse Peterson of cheating, you have to accept the fact that Matthews has been cheating since college.

  25. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    The Packers will lose every game Rodgers doesn’t play. Anyone who thinks Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn can win a game, even against the easy schedule they have, is drunk or stupid. And fat.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 13, 2013 12:02 PM
    The Packers will lose every game Rodgers doesn’t play. Anyone who thinks Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn can win a game, even against the easy schedule they have, is drunk or stupid. And fat.

    Oh, hey Contra

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    @The Great Ted Thomposon the Genius

    Three comments in a row? On a story where Aaron says “if possible, it’d be great to be back by Thanksgiving.”

    Wow, you really are obsessed with the Green Bay Packers. You’re like the 6-year old school who keeps hitting the boy that she likes on the playground.

  28. peterawrhatred says: Nov 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    purplepunisher says:
    Nov 13, 2013 11:24 AM
    Peterson has been an exceptional foorball player his whole life. He was greatest player in peewee, high scool, college, and now he is the best NFL RB of all time! Nothing he does should surprise you!

    Clay Matthews was a skinny weakling bench rider for his first 3 years at USC. He only got on the team because of his dad. Then all of a sudden he gains 60lbs of muscle his senior year of collge. (yeah right he’s not on anything.)

    ——————-

    Most men naturally gain that weight and muscle at that age, your shoulders, hips and back naturally grow quite a lot in your late teens. I put on around 40lbs in my late teens, without any steroids, and before you say it I ain’t fat either
    Now considering how much time Clay must have spent in the gym at the time it’s pretty ignorant to think he wouldn’t gain weight at that age.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 13, 2013 12:01 PM
    nickynick04 says:Nov 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    When did Matthews ever fail a blood test
    It appears some people have not a clue what comes out of their mouth
    ____

    When did Peterson ever fail a blood test?

    *********************************************

    Including paternity?

  30. steelerben says: Nov 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    jacobknicks says:
    Nov 13, 2013 6:16 AM
    Troubling question that the article begs us to bring: who was dressing Aaron Rodgers before?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The cheesehead from the State Farm commercials.

  31. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 13, 2013 2:44 PM

    I hope he doesn’t rush it back for the Thanksgiving game if he isn’t 100%. They just need to go 2-2, and they are currently 0-1. Wins in NY and over the Vikings wouldn’t make the Detroit game a must to get into the playoffs. After Detroit…

    Atlanta at home
    At Dallas
    Pittsburgh at home

    Then the season finale at Chicago. If they can’t win that game with a healthy Rodgers, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs anyway.

  32. gutpunch77 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:27 AM

    AP the best RB ever?? He is ONE of he best I will give you that. Stop drinking the purple kool-aid your getting sick!

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    “Rodgers, take your time coming back. You don’t want to try it too soon.”
    Sincerely, the Dallas Cowboys secondary

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