Never mind what the next X-ray of Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone looks like.
Rodgers won’t return to action until the collarbone feels better.
“I went out there Wednesday and had pain,” Rodgers told ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde during his weekly radio show on Tuesday. “We talked about range of motion and flexibility and the risk evaluation. Well, the other thing that comes into play once you’re back doing football movements is the pain.
“Are you experiencing pain doing some normal football stuff whether it’s handing off or taking the snap or making quick movements or going through drill work? And the answer for me last week was yes. That was my answer on whether I was ready to play or not. You shouldn’t be having pain doing some of the simple movements.”
Rodgers lifted weights under the supervision of the strength and conditioning staff on Tuesday and intends to practice on Wednesday. He practiced on Wednesday last week, too, but his body didn’t respond as well as hoped. Throwing wasn’t an issue. Rather, it was the jostling of the bone doing things simple things like taking a snap and handing off with his left hand.
Thus, he cut back on his work last week. During the portion of Friday’s practice that was open to reporters, for instance, Rodgers did little more than talk to McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo.
“Thursday, I had the pads on but I didn’t really do anything,” he said. ”Friday, I didn’t do anything, either, so it wasn’t a progression. I didn’t get better as the week went on. I tried to do a lot of stuff on Wednesday, didn’t feel very good and, from there, I decreased and did the stuff that I did.”
It’s hard to imagine Rodgers would feel dramatically better during the span of one week, especially after noticing almost no improvement last week. Thus, it’s no wonder why coach Mike McCarthy on Monday said the team was preparing to go with Matt Flynn for a third consecutive week.
“The scan last week did not show (enough) healing,” Rodgers said. “That paired with the pain I experienced in practice kept me out of the game. We would need different results and different responses in order to go this week.”
Sunday’s game would be one day shy of six weeks since Rodgers was injured against Chicago. While Rodgers was hopeful he could return after missing just three or four games, doctors said it typically takes six to eight weeks to heal.
“I’m going to practice tomorrow and try and do some of things I did last week without pain,” Rodgers said. “See how my body responds to it on Thursday and go from there.”
And if those signs are promising, maybe Rodgers could give it a go on Sunday at Dallas. That, however, doesn’t seem likely, which would put the season on Flynn for at least one more week. The Packers are just one-half game behind first-place Detroit in the NFC North. If the Lions lose once, the Packers would claim the division by winning out, since they would jump past Chicago by beating the Bears in Week 17.
“I don’t feel like I need a ton of reps (to get ready),” he said. ”I know this offense pretty well. Just a matter of getting a few reps.”
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