Hail Mary? Packers QB Rodgers might return in December

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to be throwing again in early December, which increases the likelihood the former NFL MVP could be back on the field before the end of the regular season.

Rodgers, sidelined for up to eight weeks with a broken right collarbone, had surgery this week. Rodgers, 33, was reportedly informed by his doctors that a throwing regimen could begin six weeks post-op, which puts the final two weeks of the regular season in play — if the Packers are still in the playoff picture.

Green Bay entered Sunday at 4-2 and a nose behind the Minnesota Vikings (4-2), who beat the Packers last week in the game that could help decide the division. That’s because Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr delivered the jarring blow to Rodgers that resulted in the cracked collarbone.

Now Green Bay is turning to backup Brett Hundley beginning Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy diffused any suggestion that Green Bay might be in the market for an upgrade at quarterback without Rodgers. McCarthy stuck to the stock answer and statement “Brett Hundley is my quarterback,” when pressed about Green Bay potentially seeking a veteran via trade or kicking the tires on a free agent such as Colin Kaepernick.

Hundley delivered a touchdown pass against the Vikings, tying the game at 7, but was intercepted three times in the defeat.