Friday workout to determine if Aaron Rodgers makes “trial return” to practice

AP

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is eligible to return to practice on Friday, but the Packers aren’t practicing so Saturday would be his first chance to work with the rest of the team.

A report on Friday indicated that it will be no surprise if Rodgers does that and coach Mike McCarthy provided a bit more information later in the day about the team’s plans for Rodgers.

“He’s got a workout today, and we’ll obviously evaluate him,” McCarthy said, via the team’s website. “We’re looking tomorrow to potentially practice him in a trial return. That’s the outlook. We’ll determine that tomorrow after his work today.”

There would still be two weeks before Rodgers could play in a game, but McCarthy said it would be “a big deal” for the team if their starting quarterback is on the practice field. That big deal may have to translate to wins in the next two games for Rodgers to complete the second step in his comeback as he said last month that he’d return if he’s healthy and it “would make sense.”

The Packers have gone 1-4 in games started by Brett Hundley, dropping them to 5-6 on the year and anything less than seven wins with three games to play is unlikely to have the team in the mix for even an outside run at a playoff spot.

62 responses to “Friday workout to determine if Aaron Rodgers makes “trial return” to practice

  1. “You know that guy who is our entire franchise and represents our only hope to win a Super Bowl again any time in the next 20 years? Let’s rush him back from injury if we have a 4.7% chance of getting a wild card spot.”

    -Coach McMuffin

  2. What a diva. If he’s healthy he should play. If I was his teammate and he was healthy and didn’t play I would lose all respect for him. Using his logic no star player should play once their team is eliminated from the playoffs.

  3. I’d be worried if he also played on the defense! One more thing, is he going to practice how to land when he’s tackled??

  4. Unless Rodgers is 100%, don’t bring him back. I’m a Vikings fan, but I think unless he is 100% they shouldn’t bring him back. He can’t come back for 3 weeks. When he comes back he play the Panthers who have a physical defense, Vikings, and Lions. Those are tough games. If there is any chance of re-injury it isn’t smart.

  5. Bring him back. I miss his free yardage gained by subverting the defensive offsides and 12 men on defense penalties. Even with that, unless he plays defense, the Packers can’t beat any playoff caliber team.

  6. As a Viking’s fan this concerns me. I know many people have already determined that the Packers have no shot at the Post Season but the truth is, we should be worried. I won’t stop worrying about the Packers until they’re officially eliminated. By no means are they the best team in the NFL but when you have a healthy Rodgers at QB, you’re capable of winning any game. I don’t want to see him get hurt, but I’d like Rodgers to decide to wait until next to return. Please?

  7. Anybody who is a fan of a contender that isn’t scared of the packers back dooring it into the playoffs is kidding themselves. I doubt it’ll happen because they’ll have to win 10 games to do so and still get help, but crazier things have happened

  8. With the diet of Ashley Manning approved HGH Rodgers has been on, he should have been good to go two weeks ago, unless he is quitting on the team.
    =====

    Nope.

    It was Toms “avacado” ice cream.

  9. 10-6. Wildcard and 4 straight wins to win the SB. It’s been done before.

    What has never happened? Yep you guessed it. The Vikings have never won the SB, not in 4 attempts.

    So really whose fans are the delusional ones here? Lol!!!

    Even in the midst of a magical season Viking fans have no hope. Kinda sad really. Get back to us when you actually win the SB, then you can talk without looking like complete fools.

  10. The hate people are dropping on this is just amazing.

    If the Packers win the next two games it gives them a legitimate (if not necessarily strong) chance at taking a wildcard spot.
    If Rodgers returns to practice it will motivate the team to prepare/play better which increases the likelihood of those wins.
    If they don’t get the wins, Rodgers likely doesn’t return and they ride out the season. No harm done.

    Why is this remotely confusing to anyone?

  11. I do not feel it is worth the risk this year. To have any chance at the playoffs Green Bay needs to finish 10-6. The risk of re-injury is too high.

  12. tangysizzl says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    10-6. Wildcard and 4 straight wins to win the SB. It’s been done before.

    What has never happened? Yep you guessed it. The Vikings have never won the SB, not in 4 attempts.

    So really whose fans are the delusional ones here? Lol!!!

    Even in the midst of a magical season Viking fans have no hope. Kinda sad really. Get back to us when you actually win the SB, then you can talk without looking like complete fools.

    ________________________________

    Interesting logic. The Vikings lost four Super Bowls, the most recent one being 40 years ago, and because of that they have “no hope” to win in one in 2018, and their fans are “delusional” for believing they have a chance to do so. You must really be a mental giant.

  13. you want his first game back, while rushing a serious injury, to be against the Panthers defense?? Good idea.

  14. twonis says:

    December 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    If the Packers win the next two games it gives them a legitimate (if not necessarily strong) chance at taking a wildcard spot.
    ///////////////////
    I would absolutely change your wording to “gives them a shot at taking a wildcard spot”. You think Rodgers, who hasn’t played in two months, gives them a strong chance at beating the Panthers, Vikings, and Lions in their last 3 games?! The Packers have lost to the Vikings 3 out of the last 4 times, with the Vikings playing a different QB each time. And beating the Panthers and Lions is a tough job as well. No, they aren’t going 10-6.

  15. tangysizzl says:

    December 1, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    Get back to us when you actually win the SB, then you can talk without looking like complete fools.
    //////////////
    If the Vikings win a SB, will you then go away? Forever?

  16. Even if he could play this Sunday, this year’s Pack aren’t good enough to beat Eagles, Vikes or Pats. So it’d be all about the pride of finishing 8-8 or 9-7 instead of 6-10. And 9-7 ain’t making the NFC playoffs this year anyway (don’t forget 6th-spot Falcons already handily beat the Pack WITH Aaron), and he ain’t even gonna be fully fit this week anyway, so stop with this nonsense.

  17. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Anybody who is a fan of a contender that isn’t scared of the packers back dooring it into the playoffs is kidding themselves. I doubt it’ll happen because they’ll have to win 10 games to do so and still get help, but crazier things have happened
    ////////////
    I’m not worried. And, what crazier things in football have happened? Crazier than a 1-5 Hundley suddenly going 2-0, and then a cold Rodgers going 3-0 against the Vikings, Panthers, and Lions, and then the Packers winning 4 in a row to be SB champs? That’s your scenario? That scenario won’t last past this Sunday when Hundley goes to 1-6.

  18. I don’t hate the Vikings, I just hate their fans… says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Vikings to the pit of misery!! Dilly Dilly!!
    ——
    We are already headed to Lambeau in a few weeks hahaha

  19. It will be more of the same. Rodgers has been showing his age, and rushing him back behind that OLine will only lead to further injuries.

    Good news is, Packers have Hundley. And if he is the starter past 2017, Green Bay could be in wildcard contention every few years.

  20. conormacleod says:
    December 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    If the Vikings win a SB, will you then go away? Forever?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    Like you did?

  21. Please make sure he comes back against the Vikings.

    Im sure the Vikings D will welcome him back haha

  22. As a viking fan, you’re mildly concerned to say the least, during most seasons not ending in a 98 or 09. But we can tack a ‘17 onto that list. I hope he does come back so we can beat the team packers with their all-pro qb in the lineup. If i was green bay, i wouldn’t put him in fresh off a broken collarbone on his throwing side against carolina, minnesota, or detroit. Enjoy the draft pick, get Rodgers healthy, and look forward to next season knowing how much Rodgers elevates the team around him. Imagine what might happen with a real running game and a solid defense? That would be actually contending for a super bowl, not just contending for a playoff exit, which is something the Vikings haven’t been able to say with their random qbs throughout the years.

    any packer fan that thinks any viking fan could care less about your team with or without rodgers this year is probably one of the more trollish fans.

  23. serfrocker says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    What is with the attitude in these comments? It’s not Rodger’s call, it’s his coach’s. Hate much?

    ÷÷÷÷

    You’re fooling yourself if you don’t think it is Rodgers’ call on coming back and playing or not.

  24. “What is with the attitude in these comments? It’s not Rodger’s call, it’s his coach’s. Hate much?”

    It’s Vikings fans pretending to not be worried about him coming back and ruining their gift season.

  25. OH…he was tossing 50 yard lobs in pregame last week?

    Hows that fragile collarbone going to handle getting sacked? Is there going to be bubble wrap strapped around Rodgers?

    Or how about when Rodgers gets fancy with his feet, runs, and has to slide to hopefully avoid getting hit?

    Is the collarbone going to hold up when Anthony Barr looks at him?

    All this and more when the Packers and NFL decide how much to pay off the refs for the rest of the season.

  26. No dog in this fight, but I personally love watching Aaron Rodgers play and the NFL is simply more entertaining when he does.
    As a frequent visitor to these threads it always confuses me why the Viking fans are so obnoxious and ill-tempered.
    The only conclusion I can draw is the fact they must be a terribly insecure bunch.
    Just my 2 cents.

  27. ninefingers9 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Oooo I hope he plays when the Vikings play them again! Everson, Joseph, Kendricks, Barr, Robison, Smith. They’re all coming for you Aaron.

    —————

    It’s so interesting to see how quick the Vikings fans are to assert their recent success over the Packers fans.

    Vikings fans should be thinking that if they make the Super Bowl at home and don’t finish the job it will be the most painful loss in Super Bowl history.

    It’s not time to be worried about the Packers.

  28. I think the real reason Packer fans want to see him back is that losing out, with the scrub under center, just gives TT a higher draft choice to waste. Sound logic.

  29. codylaws says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:39 am
    Who cares, he doesn’t scare any body.
    ——————————
    skoLOL!
    For someone who doesn’t care and is not scared, it seems odd you are the first Barney to post in a sea of them on this thread.
    So much attention for an insignificant story from a well adjusted and self confident fan base. (Eye Roll)

  30. djvh2 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    “What is with the attitude in these comments? It’s not Rodger’s call, it’s his coach’s. Hate much?”

    It’s Vikings fans pretending to not be worried about him coming back and ruining their gift season.
    ////////////
    Interesting take. Rodgers was knocked out of a 0-0 game. Let’s pretend the Packers win that game. The Vikings would be 8-3 right now. “Gift season”? Nah. This team has worked and played hard, and deserves their record. And no, Vikings and are not worried about Rodgers return. 5-6 and 1-5 with your QB that has to play two more games. Seriously. What would there be to worry about?

  31. The unusually high number of Viking trolls posting on each and every Packer storyline that comes out, especially at the rare moment in time the Vikings are actually relevant, is in direct proportion to their fear and jealousy of the Packers.

    For too many years they have chewed their fingernails to the bone, stressed out from their history of utter futility, oftentimes due to the Packers, and they lack confidence. They think attacking the Packers and Packer fans will make things right in the world.

    It won’t. Not in their world.

    (I sure hope the Vikings don’t choke while Rodgers is on the mend. That would be a complete waste of a cheap shot.)

  32. RaiderNation68, you nailed it, although Packer fans aren’t much better than Viking fans on here.

    Growing up and getting into football in the mid-80’s made the Bears my most hated team in the conference, but I do have to admit that their fans are much classier on here that the other two teams!

  33. “Interesting take. Rodgers was knocked out of a 0-0 game. Let’s pretend the Packers win that game. The Vikings would be 8-3 right now.”

    While it might be true that the Vikings would still be 8-3, the chances of the Packers being at least 8-3 with the tiebreaker over MN is very high. If we pretend that GB wins the game vs MN, they would’ve been 5-1 and would only need to be 3-2 since. That is my explanation for the gift season. I believe GB would’ve beat MN if Rodgers wasn’t injured in the game. Maybe, maybe not, but that’s what I think would’ve happened. From there, it’d be a shock if they didn’t go 3-2 or better with Rodgers.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    December 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    The unusually high number of Viking trolls posting on each and every Packer storyline that comes out, especially at the rare moment in time the Vikings are actually relevant, is in direct proportion to their fear and jealousy of the Packers.

    For too many years they have chewed their fingernails to the bone, stressed out from their history of utter futility, oftentimes due to the Packers, and they lack confidence. They think attacking the Packers and Packer fans will make things right in the world.

    It won’t. Not in their world.

    (I sure hope the Vikings don’t choke while Rodgers is on the mend. That would be a complete waste of a cheap shot.)

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

    Once again (sigh) you are making stuff up. I have been a Viking fan since 1970. My finger nails are still intact. It’s a game, be it a great game, and while the Vikings have disappointed they also have given myself and my boys great Sunday’s together. Viking fans do not obsess over this game as much as packer fans do or you do. We are all enjoying this season as much as others and the packers with or without Rodgers would still be behind the Vikings. Sorry we broke your QB. #dontlookatme.

  35. Almost didn’t post given the troll-a-thon above, but I hope Rodgers does practice and play soon. The NFL and the Packers are more interesting when he plays.

  36. he is still better than ANY minnesota viking in the history of minnesota vikings. he knows what it’s like to win it all. something the vikings have never done. so i understand the hate. perhaps the vitriol should be reserved for your historically inept team.

  37. stellarperformance says:

    The unusually high number of Viking trolls posting on each and every Packer storyline that comes out, especially at the rare moment in time the Vikings are actually relevant, is in direct proportion to their fear and jealousy of the Packers.
    #################

    You keep posting this make believe story – you’ve done it so often I think you are starting to believe it.

    You need to accept the facts – Since the Vikings joined the NFL in 1961 as an expansion team, your Packers have had to look up at the Vikings in the standing most of the time.

    Since the inception of divisional play, the Vikings have won the division more often, made the playoffs more often and have never gone 25 consecutive full regulation seasons without winning a playoff game like your Packers.

    And in that 25 years, the one time the Packers made the playoffs – they were one and done without even scoring a single TD.

    The fear and jealousy is all in Wisconsin. It began in that dark quarter century when the Packers started considering the Viking game their Super Bowl. So many years, they couldn’t even manage a winning season, much less making the playoffs.

    So guys like you started hoping and praying that your Packer might be able to win a regular season game over the Vikings to “save” the season…

  38. Even though I’m not a Packers fan, Aaron Rodgers is great for the league and the fans, so I wish him well as a fan of this great game.

    Also the Minnesota Vikings have never been the Green Bay Packers “Super Bowl”. There are more people who live in the SE quadrant of the state of Wisconsin than live in the entire state of Minnesota. Having lived near Madison for 6 years, it’s a fact that there is only one team they consider their rival and “Super Bowl”, and that is the Chicago Bears. The Minnesota Vikings are just a divisional opponent to most of them, maybe with the exception of the two seasons Favre was there.

    I’m cheering for the Minnesota Vikings to do well this season since it would be quite the story to see them play the Super Bowl in their own stadium. That said, if posts on this website are any indication of the attitude that people in the state of Minnesota have, they really need to get over themselves.

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