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.