Aaron Rodgers

#12 QB / Green Bay Packers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 225 lb Age: 33 College: California Bye 8

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  • Packers head coach Mike McCarthy indicated that he was satisfied with how Rodgers (collarbone) looked while doing rehab work off to the side during Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "I think [Rodgers is] making really good progress," McCarthy said Thursday. "I know the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He's moving right along." The workout amounted to Rodgers' first on-field appearance since he fractured his right collarbone Oct. 15 against the Vikings, resulting in a complex surgery four days later that necessitated two plates and 13 screws being inserted into the collarbone. While the Packers aren't banking on Rodgers playing again this season, the quarterback at least took a positive step forward in that regard with Wednesday's activity. Rodgers will remain limited to nothing more than rehab sessions off to the side during the next two weeks before he's able to return to practice beginning Nov. 27, which would then set in motion a 21-day window through which the Packers can evaluate him for a potential return from injured reserve. Rodgers would be eligible to play no sooner than the Packers' Week 15 matchup with the Panthers if he's activated.

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  • Rodgers (collarbone) fit in some rehab work during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Marking the first visual evidence of his rehabilitation, Rodgers did some drills related to conditioning and footwork, took snaps from a member of the Packers training staff and did some simulated throwing via whipping a towel. For someone nearly four weeks removed from having two plates inserted into his broken right collarbone, Rodgers appears to be in a good spot in his recovery. The team can open Rodgers' three-week window for activation as early as Nov. 27 with the aim of a return to action Week 15 at Carolina. That said, the franchise signal caller is merely focusing on the rehab process at the moment, allowing Brett Hundley to direct the offense in his absence.

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  • Rodgers had two plates inserted into his fractured right collarbone during his Oct. 19 surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. While Rapoport notes that it is "theoretically possible" for Rodgers to come off injured reserve in Week 15 or later this season, the Packers "do not expect" him to play again in 2017. According to Rapoport, Rodgers' collarbone was displaced when he was driven into the ground by the Vikings' Anthony Barr in an Oct. 15 game, resulting in a more complex procedure than the one he required on his left (non-throwing) collarbone back in 2013. Rodgers missed seven games as a result of that injury, but he'll be sidelined for at least eight weeks this time around by virtue of being placed on IR. Rapoport also notes that the 13 screws Rodgers revealed he required for the procedure during a recent interview with Conan O'Brien on the TBS late-night talk show "Conan" wasn't an exaggeration, and could result in a lengthened recovery timetable for the franchise signal caller. Due to the extensiveness of Rodgers' surgery, the Packers appear prepared to proceed with Brett Hundley as their starting quarterback the rest of the season.

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  • In a pre-taped interview for the TBS late-night talk show "Conan" set to air Thursday, Rodgers said that doctors inserted 13 screws into his right collarbone during his Oct. 19 surgery in Southern California, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports. Dr. David J. Chao, the former head team doctor for the Chargers, relays that a typical procedure to repair a fractured clavicle usually necessitates around seven or eight screws. Chao called the 13 screws that Rodgers' surgery required an "extraordinary" sum, and something that would likely require a longer recovery timetable for the quarterback, assuming Rodgers was being forthright in his comments to host Conan O'Brien. Rodgers is already set to miss at least eight weeks after the team placed him on injured reserve Oct. 20, with the two-time MVP first eligible for activation for the Packers' Week 15 game against the Panthers. There's some optimism within the Green Bay organization that Rodgers will be able to resume throwing in six weeks and gain clearance to play before the regular season comes to a close, but his exact timeline will remain foggy until he's further along in the rehab process.

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  • Doctors who evaluated Rodgers' broken right collarbone believe the quarterback will be able to resume throwing in six weeks, which would put him on track for a return late in the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Rodgers, who suffered the injury in last Sunday's loss to the Vikings, had previously missed seven weeks in 2013 with a broken left collarbone, but the early expectation that his recovery timetable would be longer this time around because he required surgery and the injury was to his throwing side. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests the longer timetable likely remains in place and the Packers aren't counting on Rodgers to return in 2017, but it appears the team will at least see how the two-time MVP progresses in subsequent weeks before rendering a final verdict on that front. Green Bay moved Rodgers to injured reserve Friday, which officially rules him out until at least the team's Week 15 matchup with the Panthers. If Rodgers heals as quickly as doctors believe he can and the Packers are still in the playoff hunt, then his chances of getting activated from IR and suiting up at some point in the team's final three games would increase.

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