Aaron Rodgers goes down

We know Aaron Rodgers won’t return for the Green Bay Packers this week, but if he has his way, he just may be back sooner than expected.

Although there’s been no timetable set for Rodgers’ return from his fractured collarbone, most people have speculated the soonest he could be back was on Thanksgiving, when the Packers play the Detroit Lions. That would put him out almost four weeks.

Rodgers thinks he might be able to go sooner.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com, Rodgers acknowledged that he has a game in mind for his return. Asked if it was the team’s Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit, Rodgers replied, “I would like to be back this week. Now, whether that’s realistic or not remains to be seen. I would never rule myself out on a Tuesday. Now, Mike probably already has, I think.”

“I haven’t given up hope on playing any week. It depends on how I heal and depends on what the next x-ray looks like,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, this week is probably not going to happen — not going to happen. (pause) Probably not going to happen.”

Rodgers went on to say that he’s feeling better and isn’t experiencing pain when he sleeps or gets dressed.

So maybe next week against the Vikings? We doubt the Packers would take a risk with Rodgers and so they’ll probably err on the side of cation here.

That game seems doubtful because of the chance of reinjury. Detroit, maybe.