Injured Packers QB Aaron Rodgers returning to practice


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Aaron Rodgers’ return is a go.

The Inexperienced Bay Packers’ two-time MVP quarterback, who was positioned on injured reserve after breaking his proper collarbone Oct. 15 towards Minnesota, is on monitor to observe Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy stated.

“He is bought a exercise at present that we’ll clearly consider,” McCarthy stated Friday. “We’re wanting tomorrow to probably observe him in a trial return. That is the outlook.”

Rodgers had surgical procedure on Oct. 19 and was positioned on injured reserve the next day. NFL guidelines enable groups to carry again two gamers off injured reserve. These gamers should be sidelined for no less than six weeks; Friday marked six weeks for Rodgers.

Rodgers threw a number of passes of at the least 50 yards earlier than Sunday evening’s loss to Pittsburgh.

“You noticed him throwing on the market in Pittsburgh,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt stated Thursday. “He is doing effectively. He is getting wholesome and he is following proper alongside in rehab. He is most likely forward of the curve slightly bit, however there’s actually not something to speak about till there’s one thing to speak about.”

Now there’s something to speak about. If the Packers (5-6) can keep within the playoff race by beating Tampa Bay (Four-7) on Sunday and Cleveland (Zero-11) subsequent weekend, Rodgers may return for the Dec. 17 recreation at Carolina.

Rodgers’ potential return to observe ought to present a elevate for a workforce that misplaced the Minnesota recreation and 4 of the 5 begins by Brett Hundley.

“Completely, I feel it is a massive deal if you see your chief on the market,” McCarthy stated. “The fellows have been capable of watch him work right here the final couple weeks. He is been going by the basic a part of it. That’d be nice to have him on the market.”

Amongst these gamers who noticed Rodgers’ exercises was outdoors linebacker Clay Matthews, who rehabbed with Rodgers final week whereas nursing a groin damage.

“This previous week, being part of that rehab group, to observe Aaron, what he is been doing in there, I feel we most likely ought to have saved him off IR,” Matthews stated Wednesday. “The way in which he is coming alongside, a few of the balls he is throwing, accuracy-wise, every little thing a quarterback has to do is fairly outstanding.”

Even when Rodgers returns to the lineup, the Packers face a difficult remaining three video games with contests towards the Panthers (Eight-Three), Minnesota Vikings (9-2) and Detroit Lions (6-5).

“If we are able to exit and win these two in a row and get A-Rod again, issues are going to show round,” security Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stated.

Notes: Inexperienced Bay can be with out at the least two key gamers towards Tampa Bay as McCarthy dominated out cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) and working again Ty Montgomery (ribs).


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