Aaron Rodgers practiced last Saturday and has slowly been working his way back into playing shape. Things are looking good for Rodgers and his recovery but head coach Mike McCarthy did say that he won’t get medical clearance until next week at the earliest.
They wear red shirts, so obviously scout-team work is something he will do. It’s important for him to feel the pass rush and get acclimated.
We’ll be in pads on Thursday, so we have to identify exactly what we want to get done there. That’s why we call it trial return. He’s not cut loose to go full in practice where he’s able to do everything.
The outside possibility of Rodgers playing Dec. 17 against the Panthers also remains a possibility. Based on what running back Jamaal Williams said about Saturday’s practice, the veteran quarterback is well on his way on his way back to playing.
That boy. He came back, and he just flicked it. I was like, ‘Dang!’ I was like, ‘Wow! Are you sure that man is injured?’ I was like, ‘That is far! I couldn’t even do that on my good day.’ I mean, he flicked it. I feel like he didn’t even throw it. He just flicked it.
The big IF on Rodgers return will likely come down to playoff contention. A win against the Browns this week would help them stay in the hunt but they will need to win out and get some help from other teams to make a return to the playoffs.
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