After having their playoffs hopes dangling on life support while quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sidelined with a broken collarbone, the Detroit Lions loss on Monday has put the Green Bay Packers right back in the thick of things in the NFC North division along with the Chicago Bears.
Like the Bears, all the Packers need to do is win their next two games and the team will have clinched the NFC North division. In those final two games, the Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bears.
The Packers playoff hopes may lie on the collarbone of Rodgers. Rodgers has yet to be cleared to return for the Packers but the quarterback has been cleared to practice with the team. Rodgers will practice on Wednesday for the Packers. Along with that, Rodgers is scheduled to go through another medical scan this week.
Despite being scheduled to practice on Wednesday, Rodgers did not sound overly optimistic on Tuesday when speaking about his upcoming medical scan.
“I think you can probably guess,” Rodgers said on his weekly ESPN radio show Tuesday. “I have an idea what it’s going to look like based on the previous one, the amount of days we have between scans, project that forward to a similar amount of days and have a pretty good idea and provide over-radiation.”-Aaron Rodgers, Chicago Tribune
Beyond that, Rodgers insisted that organization was making the decisions that are in the quarterback’s best interest.
”Last week I felt more like myself. I think I was closer. It’s Tuesday and I haven’t practiced this week. So we’re sitting here with another four or five days of rest. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Again, this is maybe not what people want to hear. This is how you have to go about the process. it’s a combination of a lot of things and obviously there are a lot of strong opinions about what should happen.
“But the organization will do what’s best by me and I at least want to make it a conversation.”-Rodgers, Chicago Tribune
From those comments alone, it is tough to gauge how optimistic Rodgers is about playing on Sunday. It sounds as if Rodgers wants to play but he still is dealing with some effects from the collarbone injury. For that reason, the Packers are acting with their long-term future in mind as opposed to simply looking at the short-term.
That being said, Rodgers is practicing on Wednesday. That may be the biggest indicator of whether or not Rodgers is going to play on Sunday.
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