Aaron Rodgers wants to play. The Green Bay Packers doctors apparently don’t think he’s ready.
There has been no official decision on whether Rodgers will return from injured reserve and play against the Carolina Panthers this week. Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision about Rodgers’ broken collarbone was in doctors’ hands.
Ian Rapoport is saying the bone isn’t fully healed — that it’s about 80 percent healed — and doctors are erring on the side of being conservative.
This is currently the bottom line, per Rapoport.
As Packers doctor Pat McKenzie and other experts evaluate the scan, the decision was described as a “risk/reward” decision. The bone isn’t fully healed — and there was no chance it was going to be after two months. That was the expectation. Typically, 80-percent healed is healthy enough to be on the field. And Rodgers chose a surgical procedure involving two plates and 13 screws as an aggressive way of accelerating healing and protecting his throwing shoulder. It was a success.
And yet there are still loud and protective voices who wonder if it’s worth putting him on the field to potentially injure himself again for a small chance at a great reward. Those voices are weighing in with caution because putting him at risk might not be worth it.
And didn’t we know it would come down to this? The Packers’ medical staff is notoriously conservative.
And yet, we knew Rodgers would want to play. There may be an announcement yet today or we may have to wait until Wednesday when the Packers show up for practice.