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Aaron Rodgers is an optimist, but he hasn’t been cleared yet

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On Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked if the chances of quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing against the Lions on Thursday were still somewhere between slim and none.

McCarthy said they were “closer to none,” something Rodgers said he hadn’t quite accepted later in the day. Rodgers called himself an “optimist” and hasn’t ruled himself out after returning to practice on Tuesday. Rodgers took snaps, threw the ball and did individual drills, none of which caused him any pain in his broken left collarbone. Having no pain isn’t the same as being cleared to return, though, and Rodgers explained why he’s still on the sideline.

“There’s obviously risk-management and then here’s the flexibility and the strength, which are two other components of this injury that have to be where I want them to be in order to play. The flexibility and the strength have been the last to come and we’ll go from there,” Rodgers said, via ESPNWisconsin.com “We’re 22 days out from the injury today. Expectations have been high, and I’ve obviously been trying to push it as much as has been reasonable, but it’s a waiting game with broken bones and obviously it doesn’t just affect the bone, it affects the muscles around it and range of motion and the strength you have on that left side and in that shoulder. Obviously I know I’m a right-handed quarterback, but I still need to be able to have strength in that arm.”

Rodgers said his timeline to return is unaffected by the performance of whoever is playing quarterback in his place, although he said he was “encouraged” by the way Matt Flynn played after replacing Scott Tolzien last Sunday. He’ll almost certainly need to be content with that until Week 14, when it looks like Rodgers will have a real chance to return to the lineup.

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21 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers is an optimist, but he hasn’t been cleared yet”
  1. 23rdusernameused says: Nov 27, 2013 9:10 AM

    stick a fork in ‘em.
    regardless of the qb, the team is horrible, except Lacy!

  2. aa1829 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    Get well soon.!!!

  3. illogic87 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:28 AM

    not cool packers! i already made my thanksgiving bets!

  4. trapshoot says: Nov 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    Rodgers would be crazy to play too soon and risk a worse injury.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    I too was encouraged by Flynn’s performance. Though you have to remember that the heroic erasure of that 16 point deficit was against the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  6. ps3988 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:51 AM

    GB doesn’t stand a chance in this game, and it’s not because #12 is out. The defense won’t be able to keep them in this game. The Packers will have to put pressure on Stafford to keep Calvin Johnson from getting 500 yards due to a total lack of production from the safety position. To do that they’ll have to blitz. When they blitz they are absolutely awful at picking up the RB out of the backfield and Reggie Bush will tear them up if Calvin Johnson doesn’t. Once Bush is loose in the secondary forget it. The corners are ok in coverage, but none of the corners or the safeties can tackle well. It’s been like this for several years, since they went away from man coverage. Their communication skills in the secondary are awful, and you can’t play zone defense if you’re not all on the same page. Just reality.

  7. zam0854 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:55 AM

    Hey! Atleast every Green Bay Packers fan already knows whats coming tomorrow…Suh please destroy this QB and make my turkey taste much much better

  8. purpleguy says: Nov 27, 2013 10:04 AM

    He’s probably waiting until Movember is over so he doesn’t have to take the field on national TV with his hapless and tasteless porn stache.

  9. foul83 says: Nov 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    Rush back to have Suh land on you and break it even worse? Wait a week, bruh.

  10. blowpackblow says: Nov 27, 2013 10:12 AM

    There is no “I” in “TEAM” unless you are the Green Bay Packers. Then one person is your whole team.

  11. Ponsonby_Britt says: Nov 27, 2013 10:13 AM

    I have a creepy feeling Aaron Rodgers will be in the game tomorrow.

  12. paulsmith107 says: Nov 27, 2013 10:13 AM

    Romo had basically the same injury and missed ten games. If Rodgers misses the next two there is no point in risking getting hurt again because the pack will be done at that point. Just sit it out you will only be doing more harm than good if it gets injured again

  13. trollsetter says: Nov 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    The Packers will fail tomorrow. Too much fear without their leader. Their fans will get angry and will suffer on what should be for them a glorious Thanksgiving.

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 27, 2013 10:54 AM

    Didn’t the lions just lose to Tampa? Saying they have no chance in this game even with Rodgers is pretty much admitting your mom is also your sister.

    Also, Flynn out scored the lions last time. Will he this time? I don’t know.

    Even if the Packers lose, they will still win the division.

    >

  15. diehrdpkrhtr says: Nov 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    Amazing that there is not one word mentioned about the Vikings in this story, yet a certain packer fan that only has the packers in his “life” has to make a comment regarding the Vikings. Sad.

  16. trollsetter says: Nov 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 27, 2013 10:54 AM
    Didn’t the lions just lose to Tampa? Saying they have no chance in this game even with Rodgers is pretty much admitting your mom is also your sister.

    Also, Flynn out scored the lions last time. Will he this time? I don’t know.

    Even if the Packers lose, they will still win the division.

    ___________

    That in of itself is loser talk. Welcome to the bottom.

  17. Frazier28/7 says: Nov 27, 2013 11:31 AM

    Go Lions!

    Rodgers fears the Roar! Rodgers fears the Roar! Rodgers fears the Roar! Rodgers fears the Roar!

  18. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 27, 2013 11:33 AM

    diehrdpkrhtr says:
    Nov 27, 2013 11:07 AM
    Amazing that there is not one word mentioned about the Vikings in this story, yet a certain packer fan that only has the packers in his “life” has to make a comment regarding the Vikings. Sad.

    —-

    Strange. There is not one word mentioned about the Vikings in this story, but there are 4 Vikings fans commenting on it already. Then again, I believe it’s all just one guy, with multiple accounts. Contra?

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 27, 2013 12:08 PM

    trollsetter says:
    Nov 27, 2013 11:10 AM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 27, 2013 10:54 AM
    Didn’t the lions just lose to Tampa? Saying they have no chance in this game even with Rodgers is pretty much admitting your mom is also your sister.

    Also, Flynn out scored the lions last time. Will he this time? I don’t know.

    Even if the Packers lose, they will still win the division.

    ___________

    That in of itself is loser talk. Welcome to the bottom.

    Oh, Hey Contra.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 27, 2013 12:54 PM

    As a nation watches two contenders do battle for first place this glorious Thanksgiving holiday, Packer fans can give thanks that the hapless and tasteless Vikings were once again eliminated by Halloween.

  21. dino2997 says: Nov 28, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not cleared yet? Haven’t they taken the band-aid off?

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