Aaron Rodgers takes another step, practicing in pads

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The Packers appear only a victory over winless Cleveland from an Aaron Rodgers return.

The two-time NFL MVP took another step in his comeback, donning the pads for Thursday’s practice. Rodgers returned to practice Saturday, and he took scout-team reps Wednesday.

“Nothing surprises me with Aaron,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “He’s an exceptional talent, but having the opportunity to watch him go through the rehab process, it’s been probably a good month that we’ve seen him do a number of different things. I go back to probably three or four weeks ago when he was doing the long toss with a softball. He was doing things a lot quicker than I think all of us would anticipate. The training staff has done a great job. He’s done a great job. And he looks like himself. He’s back there slinging it around and throwing with great velocity. His recovery has been impressive.”

Brett Hundley will start again this week, with Rodgers not eligible to return to game action until Dec. 17 at Carolina.

Rodgers underwent surgery on his broken right clavicle on Oct. 19, requiring 13 screws to repair it. The Packers placed him on injured reserve the following day.

Despite losing five of their last seven games, the Packers remain in the playoff hunt. So barring a big upset against Cleveland, Rodgers will return.

Rodgers said Nov. 3 that he would return if he was healthy and it made “sense.” He is, and it does.

23 responses to “Aaron Rodgers takes another step, practicing in pads

  1. He ain’t no super man who can save his team. It’s not like when he plays they’re right in the playoffs. If that was the case Packas would be in super bowl every year.

  2. He ain’t no super man who can save his team. It’s not like when he plays they’re right in the playoffs. If that was the case Packas would be in super bowl every year. Put him in for another 13 screws on his left shoulder.

  3. I’m gonna laugh when he returns and gets reinjured. He won’t beat the Panthers or Vikings if he was 100%, so putting him in there to risk a long term serious injury in a losing season is just ignorance on he, as well as the coaching and medical staff.

  4. You might want to check with the Dr before declaring Rodgers ready to go.
    He still needs an X-ray to determine if the bone is healed.

    I hope he returns. I want the Vikings defense to have another crack at him.

  5. Vikings fans are obviously worried about Rodgers returning and with good reason. If the playoffs include the Packers, the Packers are one team who are familiar with Minnesota and have the best odds to beat the Vikings. Dismiss that fact if you want, but familiarity is a big deal in the playoffs.

  6. I want him to come back to face the Vikings.

    I respect Rodgers as a talent, but man I just hate the guy so much. Smug, arrogant, crybaby. I want to see him melt down when he realizes just how good the Vikings defense is this year, you’ll see the same look on Cam Newtons face on Sunday, book it.

  7. Even if the Packers run the table they still need help and the road got harder with Atlanta winning. Loss by the Seahawks and Panthers would go a long way to helping the cause.

  8. The Pack is already looking past Cleveland, and the fans are fantasizing about the SB. What a joke. If AR comes back, he’s a bigger fool than I thought. Lotsa brain freeze going on up here in WI wit da cold weather, hey.

  9. shlort says:

    Vikings fans are obviously worried about Rodgers returning and with good reason. If the playoffs include the Packers, the Packers are one team who are familiar with Minnesota and have the best odds to beat the Vikings. Dismiss that fact if you want, but familiarity is a big deal in the playoffs.
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    There is no fear of Rodgers coming back as far as this Viking fan is concerned.

    Rodgers has lost 3 of the last 4 games he’s started against the Vikings – including the last game that was played between the two that had immediate playoff ramifications (last game of the 2015 season that decided the NFC North Championship).

    Shlort – you need to remember – the Vikings know the Packers just as well as the Packers know the Vikings.

    As to familiarity in the playoffs – the teams have met twice in the playoffs. The Vikings won the first one and the Packers won the second one. Both games were at Lambeau.

    If game three should somehow happen this year, it will be at US Bank Stadium where the Packers have never won.

    You should be focusing on the Browns right now, not dreaming about possibly making the playoffs. A loss against the Browns – and your playoff dreams are over.

    Cleveland has one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL (#6) – allowing only 96.9 yards per game. For a team that has yet to win a game, that’s an incredibly low number.

    Does not bode well for the Packers on the road in Cleveland on Sunday.

  10. As long as the Packers remain mathematically eligible, I’d like to see the Packers take whatever action is necessary to win. If they become eliminated, I’d like to see the rest of the season played out like training camp and allow reserve players to play under real game conditions. Don’t overthink it.

  11. Cheer loud for the Vikings to beat Carolina, Cheesers…one of the several things you need to happen to have your 1 in a gazillions chance…Let’s all SKOL chant together!

  12. trophylessvikings says:
    December 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    i hear the vikings screaming in fear of AR12’s return
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    Will the Packers defense be returning too? Oh, never mind.

  13. The O-line will have to pass block better for it to mean anything once he returns. We’ll also need Kenny Clark back. Though, Dean Lowry won NFC DPOW last week. He’s still not a big enough presence for the interior of a D-line, therefore allowing a porous rushing offense with a backup RB run for over 120 yards. Don’t sleep on the Browns this week, either. Hundley needs to bring his A game. No one wants to go down in the history books with the Lions as the only 0-16 team.

  14. trophylessvikings says:

    i hear the vikings screaming in fear of AR12’s return
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    The preoccupation with the Vikings by Packer fans like you just exemplifies how much most Packer fans are hoping that Rodgers doesn’t return.

    Why?

    Because you will have an excuse (very weak one) why you lose to our backup QB.

    If Rodgers returns, and you lose, you have no excuse.

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    crownofthehelmet says:
    December 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Before he comes back, I suggest rodgers watch some tape of his last few NFCCG performances.
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    Or, re-watch the butt-kicking moonwalk he danced on the overrated Steelers in SuperBowl XLV.

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