Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers plans to practice with the team Saturday and could be cleared to play in 10-14 days.
Sidelined since Oct. 15 with a broken collarbone, Rodgers has not practiced since but was scheduled to participate in a limited workout Friday, and barring a setback, practice Saturday.
“We’re looking tomorrow to potentially practice him in a trial return,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s the outlook. We’ll determine that tomorrow after his work today.”
Rodgers appeared to be progressing last week at Pittsburgh, when he launched several passes 50 yards down the field during warmups. It was his first public throwing session, including practice, since the injury.
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Because he remains on injured reserve, Rodgers is ineligible to play for two weeks. Rules for returning from injured reserve require an eight week stint on IR. One day after Rodgers had surgery“>One day after Rodgers had surgery, he was placed on IR Oct. 20.
The Packers (5-6) play at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) on Sunday and visit the winless Browns the following week. To remain in playoff contention until Rodgers could return for the Dec. 17 game at Carolina, Green Bay likely needs to win each of its next two games.
“He’s doing well,” Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said this week. “You saw him throwing out there in Pittsburgh — he’s doing well. He’s getting healthy, and he’s following right along in rehab. He’s probably ahead of the curve a little bit, but there’s really not anything to talk about until there’s something to talk about.”
McCarthy said several players have noted Rodgers’ progress and feel he’s ready.
“I think it’s a big deal when you see your leader out there,” McCarthy said of the impact Rodgers’ return to practice would have. “Yeah, definitely. The guys have been able to watch him work here the last couple weeks. He’s been going through the fundamental part of it. I think you also have to be in tune with the trial return mode, which every player as you work through their protocol and procedure specifics of how they’re coming back from their specific injuries. But, yeah, that’d be great to have him out there.”
With Rodgers out, Brett Hundley has played extremely well on the road, beating the Chicago Bears and falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28. But Hundley is 0-3 at Lambeau Field with four interceptions and a 58.9 passer rating.