Aaron Rogers is no stranger to carrying the weight of the Green Bay Packers on his back. But the Packers signal caller says that in his return from injury Sunday against the Carolina Panthers his only concern will be working to return to pre-injury form.
Rogers practiced with the first team offense Wednesday before giving his first interview to reporters since suffering a broken right collarbone October 15 against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers hopes for a return to the NFL playoffs are a longshot. The team must win all three remaining contests and then still a playoff birth will depend on help from other teams.
Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken left collarbone in 2013 and was familiar with both the recovery time and rehab process for such an injury. Rodgers contends that he had always eyed the week 15 game against the Panthers for his return.
Rodgers became eligible for practice a week ago in a limited capacity under the NFL’s injured reserve rules. From the first pass thrown it was obvious that Rodgers was throwing absent discomfort and with equal arm strength as before the injury. The quarterback would now need the clearance of team doctors to begin playing competitively again and was notified Tuesday night that he would be allowed to play football Sunday.
Rodgers is clear in stating that he understands the risk of returning from such an energy after just eight weeks but has no fear of re-injuring the shoulder.
Rodgers also knows that he would have in all likelihood been shut down for the season if his Packers team was no longer alive in the playoff hunt. He credits backup Bret Hundley with keeping things together and managing the team in his absence.