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Aaron Rodgers injury a fractured collarbone, no timetable for return

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Aaron Rodgers is helped up after suffering a shoulder injury Monday.
Aaron Rodgers is helped up after suffering a shoulder injury Monday.(USATSI)

It's confirmed: Aaron Rodgers injury is a fractured collarbone. Initial reports on Tuesday morning indicated a fractured collarbone for Rodgers but the Packers hadn't confirmed the news. Rodgers did just that on Tuesday afternoon.

Rodgers, doing his weekly radio show with Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin, confirmed that was the injury he suffered. But there's no timetable set for the quarterback's return yet.

"I have a fractured collarbone," Rodgers said. "Despite what's being reported, we haven't talked at all about a timetable." But we do know the collarbone is fractured. We have not talked about or discussed any long term prognosis."

Discussing the injury, which occurred when Rodgers was tackled from behind by Shea McClellin, he said left the field and "was in considerable pain" and eventually agreed to have an X-ray done.

"[I] felt some pain initially and then came off the field and then was in considerable pain," Rodgers said. "In this case it was considerably more pain than I've felt in a long time. Obviously wasn't able to throw on the sideline, agreed to an X-ray and wanted to do it quickly so I could get back on the field. That's why I went into the locker room as quickly as possible."

Rodgers was seen jogging -- quite quickly -- to the locker room and didn't return for a while. When he finally did, having already been ruled out for the game, he received a massive ovation from the crowd at Lambeau Field, which Rodgers called "one of the top five moments of my career."

The quarterback got choked up talking about it, and the other primary emotion he displayed Tuesday was optimism. Rodgers called himself a "quick healer" and pointed out he hopes to be "on the short end" of a diagnosis.

"I've been a quick healer in the past and am hopeful this will be on the short end of whatever prognosis comes up," Rodgers said.

But such optimism might be unfounded. Rodgers called any reports of an already determined timetable "silly" and pointed out that no one on his side of things has discussed a timetable at all.

"There has not been any timetable that's been talked about," Rodgers said. "There has been nothing talked about with doctors, myself, anyone who represents me, my family. Reports are silly. [I'm] holding out hope that it's a quick heal. But it's a significant injury."

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