Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone earlier this season and the Green Bay Packers decided to place him on IR with the possibility of returning late in the season. Now that we are late in the season, it appears that Rodgers’ recovery is on track for him to return in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers.
According to a report from NFL.com, Rodgers returned to practice for the Packers today. That may not mean that he is “definitely” going to return this season, but it gives even more hope.
Throughout the first six games of the season, Rodgers was having yet another MVP-caliber year. He completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,385 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. Rodgers had also led the Packers over the Dallas Cowboys in an instant classic that made a statement that Green Bay was a team to watch in the Super Bowl conversation.
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Unfortunately, since the injury, the Packers have struggled to pick up wins. Brett Hundley has shown flashes of starting potential, but has only led Green Bay to a 1-4 record. They also lost the game to the Minnesota Vikings that Rodgers was originally injured while playing in.
Needless to say, getting Rodgers back on the field is key for the Packers to have any chance at making a run into the playoffs.
Green Bay would like to put Rodgers back on the field in Week 15. That being said, they will only do so if they are still in playoff contention. Over the next two week, the Packers will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns, two teams who they should be able to pull off big wins against.
If the Packers are able to win each of their next two games, Rodgers will likely make his return against the Panthers. Of course, his return completely depends on what new tests say about the bone and how it has healed.
Expect to hear a lot more about Rodgers in the next week or two. Now that he is back on the practice field, there will be plenty of videos coming out showing the progress that he has made. It will be interesting to see how the collarbone has healed and if the Packers can win their next two games to give him a chance to run the table.