Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a broken collarbone in the 27-20 Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears, said Tuesday that the injury was a significant one.
Speaking on his weekly radio program on ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers said no timetable has been discussed — despite the widely reported three weeks before a return — and that he remains hopeful for a quick return.
“I think we’ll know more as the week goes on, but I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury. We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.
“There has not been any timetable that has been talked about with me, the docs, coaches, anybody who represents me, any of my family members. So, we’re holding out hope that this will be a quick heal. But it is a significant injury.”
Rodgers said he was in "some pain" on Tuesday but emphasized that he doesn't know when exactly he might be back.
“I have a fractured collarbone, and we have not talked at all — regardless of what’s been reported — we haven’t talked at all about a timetable or anything,” Rodgers said. “We’re still going through the process of testing, but we do know that the collarbone is fractured and we still have not talked about or discussed any long-term prognosis.”
Rodgers expressed frustration that the healing process is just a matter of time and that there's little extra he can do to speed it up.
“It’s a difficult injury because there’s not a specific type of rehab you can do for this. It’s not like you can get a massage or stim or the different various treatments that they have out there that can try to get you back quicker,” Rodgers said. “You just have to wait for the bone to heal. That’s going to be the frustrating part, but I feel like I’ve been a quick healer in the past and am hopeful this will be on the short end of whatever prognosis comes up.”
After Rodgers was injured, backup Seneca Wallace, who has been with the team a mere two months, took over and completed 11-of-19 passes for 114 yards with one interception and four sacks.
The Packers are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, followed by at the New York Giants, at home against the Minnesota Vikings and at the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. All but the Lions have losing records, but the Packers, Chicago Bears and Lions are in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with matching 5-3 marks and 2-1 division records.
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