Aaron Rodgers practices, but return remains uncertain

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as expected, returned to practice on Saturday, for the first time since a right clavicle fracture resulted in the use of 13 screws to bind the bone together. And so, as the franchise quarterback turns 34 today, the question becomes which day he’ll return to play.

He’s eligible to take the field in 15 days, when the Packers visit the Panthers. Rodgers has made it clear that he’ll return only if he’s healthy, and if “it would make sense” to return.

For now, it still makes sense, because the Packers remain alive for a playoff berth. A loss at home this week to the Buccaneers or next week at Cleveland could make it much harder for the Packers to get to the playoffs, even if Rodgers returns and the team runs the table in games against the Panthers, Vikings, and Lions.

However it plays out, get ready for 2013 all over again, which featured weekly will-he-or-won’t-he reports as he recovered from a broken left clavicle — and which introduced terms like “organizational decision,” “extraordinary risk,” and “perceived toughness” to the national conversation about whether and when Rodgers would play.

44 responses to “Aaron Rodgers practices, but return remains uncertain

  1. Rodgers has made it clear that he’ll return only if he’s healthy, and if “it would make sense” to return.

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    When AP said this exact same thing last year Packer fans on here called him out for not being a team player. Let’s see how consistent they are today in these comments.

  2. Rodgers absence has exposed how bad that team is from their preseason Super Bowl predicting president all the way down to their full of themselves fans who cry about trolls on Packer stories then go on Viking stories and troll

  3. No reason for Aaron to return if there is any risk. Dr. Andrews should see to that. 2018 season starts soon enough.

  4. This year’s Pack aren’t bad but just aren’t good enough to win the SB, and having a good chance to win it is the ONLY reason to risk bringing Aaron back so quick. But it’s all moot because in 15 days time there won’t be a window – and even if there was he wouldn’t be 100% anyway, and without him 100% there’s absolutely zero chance, or point.

  5. Off-topic: Wow! That Baker Mayfield and his Okie Sooners sure makes College Football fun to watch. Haven’t had this much fun watching an offense since Marcus Mariota and the Ducks!

  6. In other words Aaron doesn’t want to face the Vikings defense again this year.

    I don’t blame him or his collarbone.

  7. Just don’t get the point of him returning. I know the league is better with him playing, but he’s risking the stability of his career for 3 nearly meaningless games. The packers won’t be in the playoffs. Rest him until next year.

  8. Honestly, it already is over. I know it’s not mathematical, but the Packers will not get in at 10-6. Nor will any team not from the South because at least 2 teams will have above 10 wins and even if the third team has exactly 10 wins, they get in due to head to head. In order to get in, it’ll take 11-5 from any other conference.

  9. One thing is absolutely certain: Minnesota fans, after being drubbed for decades by nearly every team, will come out of the woodwork to beat their chests. Ultimately they will lose. They will sulk home and blame Green Bay, like losers.

  10. JJ Watt the closet Packers fan from Wisconsin must have given him some of his special PEDs and HGH

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm
    Rodgers has made it clear that he’ll return only if he’s healthy, and if “it would make sense” to return.
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    When AP said this exact same thing last year Packer fans on here called him out for not being a team player. Let’s see how consistent they are today in these comments.
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    He was playing for a contract. He wanted out of Minnesota. I think all three of the Packer fans you mention above never saw the Star Tribune poll last December, when nearly 70% of Viking fans said he shouldn’t return unless the Vikings were in-contention. I guess they acknowledged the same thing, and were good with it. He didn’t have any guaranteed money the following year either, and this was his second major surgery. No brainer. Not remotely close to Rodgers’ situation.

    I rate this comment “Fake News.”

    Surprise, surprise.

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    Rodgers absence has exposed how bad that team is from their preseason Super Bowl predicting president all the way down to their full of themselves fans who cry about trolls on Packer stories then go on Viking stories and troll
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    …….says the Viking fan that trolls and cries on Packer thread.

    And did we all miss something? Have the Vikings accomplished anything yet this season?

  13. Wow. Even now. Even now the Viking trolls cannot get the Packers out of their heads. It’s so deep in their heads, it’s a shame healthcare plans in Minnesota don’t cover Packer Envy.

  14. He is on his way out of Greenbay, A local sorce has told people he will not return unless there are some major changes on defense (coaching), or he is going to look at the Jacksonville team………

  15. jbvikes says:
    December 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    You mean there’s a chance the Green Bay “I’m Not Sure What This Is” may become the Green Bay Rodgers again??
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    Just in time to play the Minnesota Keenums, perhaps.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    December 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    And did we all miss something? Have the Vikings accomplished anything yet this season?
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    The Vikings have accomplished plenty.
    According to you and other packer fans, the Vikings were supposed to be 6-10 and finish 3rd or 4th in the division, and are called the worst franchise in sports history.

    So based on PACKER fans, the Vikings have already had a great year.
    How’s your offseason going ?

  17. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    How’s your offseason going ?
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    Great! Just like every off-season! The Packers have already given me more in my lifetime than the Vikings will ever give you in your dreams.

  18. I love the Pack. Always have. But AR deserves SO much more than Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson can ever give them.

    No wonder Favre had had enough.

    Love ya, Aaron, but time to go to a REAL contender.

  19. Every year, 31 teams our group roots for to win, and 1 we root for to lose. That 1 team is the Packers. The Super Bowl every year for us is the day the team is knocked out of the playoffs, so we have many great years and a few bad ones. That being said, it’s never good when a player gets hurt. So here’s hoping Rodger’s and the rest of the injured players come back to play, because a loss with them in there, leaves no room for excuses. “No Pack No.”

  20. stellarperformance says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    How’s your offseason going ?
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    Great! Just like every off-season! The Packers have already given me more in my lifetime than the Vikings will ever give you in your dreams
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    You know it’s just a game, right? If the success or failure of a football team holds that much weight in your day to day disposition, it’s time to re-evaluate some things….

  21. screwmemean says:
    December 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    Shut him down. He will always be known as a one time winning SB QB. Yes, he deserves the HOF!

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    He can get his jacket as soon as Johnson, Dilfer and Flacco get theirs.

  22. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    December 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    You know it’s just a game, right? If the success or failure of a football team holds that much weight in your day to day disposition, it’s time to re-evaluate some things….
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    You’re throwing a wild pitch on this one. Read between the lines………..if it all ended tomorrow, I’m good. The Packers have given me more memories of success than you’ll ever know as a football fan. I don’t need more. If it happens, great! If it doesn’t; Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be.

  23. I always find it amusing how 90 % of the posts on any Packers story are from Vikings fans. I’ve been watching this for years, never changes. And there are only a few of those posters that actually can write something that shows they have some knowledge of Pro Football and display a semblance of intelligence.
    The Vikings are a very good team this year. I really think they will win the division and hopefully get a playoff win or two. I’m not so sure they will get to the Superbowl, but anything is possible. We saw that in the 2010 season.
    I also think that if Barr would not have made that play on Rodgers, things may have been different right about now. But it did show that Rodgers not only made the offense great, that offense also did a good job covering for that not so great defensive scheme that Capers employs. The Packers have some work to do to regain the top of the division and I think some coaching changes might be made after the season.
    So for all of you Vikings fans, good luck on the rest of the season, enjoy it. It’s not easy for any team to stay on top for very long.
    As for me, I hope the Packers win out and maybe get a wild card. A slim chance for sure, but stranger things have happened.
    – A life long Packers fan.(sorry for the long post.. been a while..)

  24. stellarperformance says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    How’s your offseason going ?
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    Great! Just like every off-season! The Packers have already given me more in my lifetime than the Vikings will ever give you in your dreams.
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    I can’t argue with the fact that the packers have won more Super Bowls than the Vikings.
    Enjoy your off season.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    December 2, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    Wow. Even now. Even now the Viking trolls cannot get the Packers out of their heads. It’s so deep in their heads, it’s a shame healthcare plans in Minnesota don’t cover Packer Envy.

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    Says the guy who copies and pastes his own comments in multiple Viking articles. Don’t spin the narrative to deflect you are just as obsessed with the Vikings. You are one of the few familiar faces that people know in PFT comment sections. That should say something.

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