The all-world signal-caller, as you all know, has been out of action since the first series of the Bears game two weeks ago, but is optimistic that he could be back on the field sooner than many think … in fact, he’s saying he will be back when he says he’s ready.
Most reports have indicated that Rodgers would be back for the Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit, but most have targeted at least the week after that. But don’t tell Rodgers.
On his weekly 540 ESPN Radion show, aptly named “The Aaron Rodgers Show,” he had this to say:
“I haven’t given up hope on playing any week. It depends on how I heal and depends on what the next X-ray looks like. Obviously, this week is probably not going to happen – not going to happen. (pause) Probably not going to happen.”
The key to getting back on the field, Rodgers said will, of course, depend on the readings from X-rays. However, he said that ultimately he will be the one to make the final decision on whether he will pull on the pads. In earlier interviews, he said that he does have a relatively high threshold of pain and that he will be the first to know when he will be ready.
So when asked if it was going to be the doctors who had the final say in whether he could play or whether it would be him, he said, “I’d like to think the latter. I think I’m going to know when I’m ready to play, and I’m going to play.”
For Packers fans, those are magic words, considering the quarterback carousel the team has been through the past two weeks. With Rodgers going down, backup Seneca Wallace took over in the Bears game, which the Packers eventually lost 27-20. That was followed by last week’s second straight loss at Lambeau Field, that one to the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-13. That game was highlighted by Wallace’s one-series performance before he went down with an injury and the debut of practice-squad-player-turned-starter, Scott Tolzien.
Tolzien, who played well, but had a difficult time getting the team into the end zone, has been named the starter for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants. In the meantime, the Packers also signed Matt Flynn off the street to back up Tolzien. Flynn, the former Packer who left in 2012 to hold the clipboard at Seattle, was signed and cut by Oakland and signed and cut by the Buffalo Bills this season.
Somewhere the merry-go-round has to stop to allow Rodgers back on.
We hope, like Rodgers said, that it’s sooner rather than later.