Unclear if Rodgers will return this weekend against Falcons.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still awaiting clearance to play as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken collarbone.
The Packers have yet to announce whether or not he will be available for selection for this weekend’s clash with the Atlanta Falcons, which would mark five weeks since he suffered the injury against the Chicago Bears on November 4.
With their playoff hopes slipping away, Green Bay will be eager to see their star quarterback return as soon as possible in attempt to salvage their chances in the NFC North.
However, Rodgers has conceded that he needs to be in a position where there is no risk for him to return to the field, and although he didn’t receive positive news on Tuesday, he hasn’t given up hope of playing on Sunday.
“At this point, it’s really about the risk of going back out there,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show, as reported by ESPN.
“I can’t say this morning was the greatest news because I was hoping for full clearance to get back out there and we didn’t get that. It’s Tuesday so we have a good amount of time before the game.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy has since revealed that Rodgers hasn’t cleared all the hurdles required for him to be at his disposal, which suggests that Matt Flynn will continue to deputise.
Flynn struggled in last week’s 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions, while Scott Tolzien has impressed in spurts and played his role in Green Bay’s only game in which they have avoided defeat since Rodgers was injured.
Nevertheless, McCarthy was keen to emphasise that the Packers will not shut down Rodgers for the rest of the season if they continue to fall out of playoff contention, and it is their intention to get him back as soon as possible in order to make a late run.