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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not seem optimistic about return

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

But Rodgers doesn't seem physically ready – and he knows it.

During his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee, Rodgers, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, seemed less certain about how soon he will play again. Rodgers revealed he experienced pain after returning to practice last Wednesday and was limited for the rest of that week.

“I’m obviously trying to push it to come back before science tells you is even possible,” Rodgers said [via ESPN.com]. “I don’t think you’re seeing anybody out there coming back at four or five weeks from this type of injury to do some of the things I’d like to do back on the field. It’s tough to not be out there with the guys.”

Rodgers has missed Green Bay’s past five games since sustaining the injury. The Packers are 1-3-1 during his absence, but are still alive in the playoff race. Some NFL observers believe Rodgers will attempt to play against Dallas despite the injury, but Rodgers did not express that sentiment on Tuesday.

Matt Flynn is currently Green Bay’s starting quarterback. After a rough outing against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, Flynn led Green Bay to a 22-21 victory against Atlanta on Sunday. Flynn completed 24-of-32 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Falcons.

Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson broke his collarbone last season and was not cleared to play until the playoffs. Woodson did not want to be shut down by the medical staff, and Rodgers spoke about witnessing his former teammate’s comeback last season.

“I saw the frustration on his face every week when he wanted to be out there,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, he does a lot more tackling and hitting than I’d be doing, but it was frustrating I know for him to not be out there with the guys. But we had the playoffs to look forward to with him coming back.”

If Rodgers does not play soon, Green Bay will not have to worry about the playoffs.

And that could make the decision not to play Rodgers easier for Green Bay’s staff.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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