Well, things remain murkier than we thought with injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers hasn’t been cleared yet, although he hasn’t been ruled out.
“Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared from medical staff. He will practice in a limited fashion tomorrow, not ruled out for game yet,” McCarthy said.
Rodgers saw a doctor earlier today and underwent tests to see how his fractured collarbone is healing. Obviously, he didn’t get the news we or he was hoping for.
Rodgers started practicing on a limited basis last week, so the fact that he’s still limited doesn’t bode fairly well for his chances of playing this week. Rodgers apparently said he planned to play, but the decision isn’t his alone.
Speaking on his radio show, Rodgers didn’t sound too happy about the situation.
“I saw the X-rays and scan,” Rodgers said of his broken left collarbone. “We’re now four weeks and one day from my fracture. I’ve made a lot of progress. A lot of it is just the bone healing. Bone takes 3 to 6 weeks to heal. We all hoped we’d be on the short end of that.
“I trust Doc (Patrick) McKenzie. When I’m ready to play and everyone is on board, then I’m going to play. After we sat down Tuesday, I haven’t had that full clearance. I’m not ruling myself out. I know there’s a rush to get back out there. I feel it internally, but also externally. I desperately want to be out there, but it has to look good.”
McCarthy, meanwhile, went on to refute a report that the Packers were considering shutting Rodgers down for the season. The coach said Rodgers will play when he’s healthy enough to do so.
Matt Flynn is taking the starter’s reps in practice ahead of Scott Tolzien.
In other words, if we win on Sunday and the Lions and Bears lose, we will see him in Dallas. If we lose, we will see him again in the preseason.
I guess I wouldn’t have a huge issue with that if it were the case. If this team can’t beat a shitty Falcons team that has nothing to play for, in cold weather, in Lambeau, we should just give up and start ALL of our stars (let’s not half quit, if we’re going to quit, let’s completely quit). If we can pull it out and Detroit stumbles, things get kinda interesting and meaningful.
Meant to say “and SIT all our stars”…not start them.
So McCarthy said today what I expected him to say. “I don’t know.” Nothing to see here folks, move it along. Why not tell us about the injury then? Where he is at. I mean, c’mon. Like they don’t have any idea?
This was merely the safe way to go for McCarthy. If you announce that Rodgers has been cleared, then everyone is going to expect him to play, and if he doesn’t play, then everyone is going to blame McCarthy.
Easier to just hold off on that just yet. It is only Tuesday. Rodgers will practice tomorrow. That is good news.
Scene in the Packers locker room late Wednesday afternoon…
MM: Well, Aaron I’ve got some good news and some bad news. What do you want to hear first?
AR: I’ll go with the good.
MM: The team doctors have cleared you to play Sunday.
AR: And the bad news?
MM: Go look at the huge deuce I just dropped in the shitter – that’s your new O Line.
It looks like the same fuck around. Expect Flynn to start.