Rodgers Will Know When He's Ready

Rodgers (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)

He'd like to play this week in a key game against the Giants, though he knows that's not likely to be approved by coach Mike McCarthy.

Injured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he never gives up hope on playing, though he is not sure exactly when he will be back on the field.

Rodgers said on his radio show on 540-AM ESPN Milwaukee that he's doing everything he can to return from the fractured left collarbone suffered a week earlier in a 27-20 loss to the Bears. He said he's giving the bone time to heal, and that Tuesday was the best he had felt since getting hurt.

He said he hasn't ruled out playing this week, though "Mike (McCarthy) probably already has."

The risk of re-injury by returning before completely healed is not on his mind.

"I don't (worry)," Rodgers said. "I don't. I think I'm going to know when I'm ready to play and I'm going to play."

General manager Ted Thompson replenished depth Tuesday in announcing the signing of Rodgers' former backup Matt Flynn, who has been released this year by the Raiders and Bills.

With Rodgers hurt, Flynn will back up one-time practice squad player Scott Tolzien, who replaced Seneca Wallace in the 27-13 loss Sunday to the Eagles.

Given the circumstances, Tolzien played well after Wallace left with a groin injury after the first series. McCarthy was so impressed that he's already named Tolzien the starter for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Wallace was placed on injured reserve Tuesday to make room for Flynn, the Packers' seventh-round draft pick in 2008 who spent four years in Green Bay.

The ultimate goal is to get back to the 2011 NFL MVP. Rodgers on Tuesday pointed to "small victories" in his recovery, like sleeping through an entire night, and putting socks on without being in extreme pain.

"I haven't given up hope on playing any week. It depends on how I heal," Rodgers said on his radio show. "Obviously this week is probably not going to happen. Not going to happen."

Pressed again, Rodgers said "probably not going to happen."

McCarthy said Monday he thought Rodgers might be a couple weeks away, though he didn't have a specific date.


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