The initial reaction for some Green Bay Packers’ fans to Mike McCarthy’s comments about Aaron Rodgers is panic. Truthfully, fans really shouldn’t read too much into what the head coach had to say about his quarterback’s broken collarbone.
“It’s a medical decision; I think he’s addressed it,” McCarthy said when asked about a return date for Rodgers, according to ESPN. “You’re talking about the healing of a bone, so until [team physician] Dr. [Pat] McKenzie and Aaron feel like we’re in a spot to talk about playing, we’ll talk about it. That did not happen today.”
See, that wasn’t so bad.
Obviously, it’s always a concern when the head coach wants to direct all questions about Rodgers to the fact that third-string signal caller Scott Tolzien is playing on Sunday, and for the foreseeable future. With that being said, the reason for McCarthy constantly redirecting the questions is most likely because he truly doesn’t know how to answer them. In fact, even Rodgers himself isn’t sure when he will be able to return to the practice field.
“At this point, it really comes down to risk evaluation and the risk-reward: The risk of displacing it, and having a three- to five-month recovery, compared to if I could actually go through the motions and be effective,” Rodgers told ESPNWisconsin.com. “For that to happen, I would have to be on the (practice) field two days before the game. So that would be Friday this week or Tuesday of next week. Practicing. If that’s the case, there is a chance. If not, then I will be spectating.”
Since Rodgers has been known to be a fast healer, I personally have confidence that he can push himself enough to return to the lineup for the Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions. However, I believe that only happens if the Packers are able to defeat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The reason for that is because a win against Minnesota puts Green Bay in a prime position to regain control of first place in the division if Detroit loses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend.
As of right now, the extent of Rodgers’ broken collarbone is unknown. That isn’t where the team’s focus should be anyways. The concentration must be on the Vikings, as the Packers desperately need a win in order to keep pace in the division.