Things seem to remain optimistic about Aaron Rodgers and his broken collarbone. Rodgers appeared on the practice field on Wednesday and took some snaps with a trainer.
Rodgers says nothing has changed, of course.
“It was just good being back on the practice field,” Rodgers said in a text message. “Schedule hasn’t changed. Out eight weeks. Only back if it’s completely healed.”
However, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sounded optimistic that Rodgers could return this year.
“I know the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “He’s moving right along.”
The earliest Rodgers would actually be able to get back on the field would be week 15, when the Packers face the Carolina Panthers.
If he comes back, the Packers would actually need to be in playoff contention. That means Brett Hundley will have to win some more games. If the Packers are out of it at any point this season, there’s no reason to risk Rodgers at all.
We’ll all just be taking one in the pants and hoping Ted Thompson can figure out how to put together a decent defense in time for next season.