Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hoping to play yesterday against the Lions, before that pesky medical reality kicked in.
But even though he has another 10 days before the Packers play again, it’s not certain that he’ll return from his broken collarbone Dec. 8 against the Falcons.
“I don’t know that,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning, 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.”
The Falcons game will be 34 days from his Nov. 4 injury, and Rodgers has said doctors told him he’d need six to eight weeks to be healed.
So as much as the Packers are struggling without him — and at 5-6-1 they can’t afford another loss — there might not be enough time to get him well.