You may have seen the quote from Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers this morning about him not declaring himself out for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but that his coach probably did.
We love you, Aaron, but we’re not going to buy into your games. We know you broke your clavicle and sans a Reggie White-like miracle, we don’t expect that you will be playing this week, nor even next week when the team travels to Detroit to take on the Lions for the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
While we don’t know the severity of the break of your collarbone because the Packers and the NFL don’t disclose those types of things, we will go by your first description that the injury was “significant.”
A broken collarbone can take several months to heal completely. Until then, moving your shoulder will tend to move the area where the bone was broken, and that can be painful. Most broken collarbones heal quite well and do not require surgery.
And that’s a description for an average guy like me who sits behind a computer each day editing copy for a newspaper and penning pieces like this. The stress on my collarbone is minimal, to say the least.
For you? Well, that’s a bit different. You’re the one who’s going to face the possibility of 300-pound-plus defensive linemen planting your shoulder into the cold December turf.
Let’s just say we can’t wait to see #12 on the field once more for the Green Bay Packers. These past three losses have been brutal and have forced many of your faithful following to the edge of the ledge. We don’t want anyone to jump, so the sooner you come back, the better we’ll all feel.
However, we want you whole. We want to breathe easy when you are under the pressure of a rush. We don’t have to be wincing along with you when you get up holding that shoulder.
So, stop teasing us, Aaron. We know it’s going to AT LEAST two more weeks before you are ready to hit the field.
In the meantime, rest up, keep giving instructions to your understudy, have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you in December.