The Green Bay Packers and their loyal fan base have been patient with quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injury. It hasn’t been easy to watch the Packers falter over the past six weeks without their leader. It has been ever tougher on the signal caller himself, as he wants nothing more than to help his team win.
The assumption was that Rodgers would return against the Dallas Cowboys this week. Unfortunately, sources indicate that optimism within the organization is free falling at the moment.
“Packers pessimistic about Aaron Rodgers being cleared for Dallas. Scheduled for practice today but source says playing inside 8 weeks risky,” ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted Wednesday morning.
Rodgers dealt with a lot of pain last week, which prevented him the ability to take a step forward in his progression. In fact, the pain is the exact reason why team doctors could not clear him to play against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Those are some of the things that gave me discomfort. That was kind of my clue that I’m obviously not ready. The way that scan looked and then to have the discomfort I had made me know I wasn’t ready,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN in Milwaukee.
Even though sources have told Rodgers they are pessimistic about his chances of starting on Sunday, that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to play. Rodgers will practice on Wednesday. If he experiences less pain then he did last week, or hopefully hardly any pain at all, the doctors will order an x-ray or MRI to see if the collarbone has healed enough for him to take the field.
“I’m going to practice tomorrow and try to do some of the things I did last week without pain, see how my body responds to it on Thursday and take it from there,” Rodgers said.
“The scan last week did not show [as much] healing… like we wanted to. That, paired with the pain I experienced in practice, kept me out of the game. We would need a different results and different responses in order to go this week.”
As of right now, Green Bay is a half game back of first place in the NFC North. Getting Rodgers back would be the necessary piece for the Packers to win their last three games and clinch the division. The Detroit Lions (7-6) and Chicago Bears (7-6) both have rather difficult schedules from here on out. In fact, if Detroit loses two of their next three games, the winner of the season finale between Green Bay and Chicago will decide the winner of the division.