Aaron Rodgers: Forget coming back by Thanksgiving, we'll see you in December

Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports photograph

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.

C’mon, Man!

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.”

That said, I took a couple of minutes to look up “healing time for a broken clavicle” and clicked on the Mayo Clinic site that said this:

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.

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  • jholmes

    I’m still holding out hope Aaron might be back for the Lions game. While I haven’t looked up the mayo clinic’s definition of a break vs a fracture I’m hoping the severity was less and he’ll be good to go soon.

  • alan smithee

    The real story, behind the story, is that it’s taken sports bloggers sooooooo looonnnggg to Google this and end up on the Mayo Clinic site (which comes up quickly in Search).

    The “writing was on the wall” and easily read by anyone, within minutes of the first diagnosis being released. An average adult takes 6-8 weeks to heal (and, as this story notes, that “average” does not presume 300 pound guys running at you from 7 yards out).

    So, all this wishful thinking, backseat doctoring and plain absurd misinformation really should have stopped weeks ago. Season’s over kiddos.

    The only issue is whether Rodgers even plays in December. Once the Playoff hopes are dashed, what’s the point? Heal up. Get strong. Go through training and rehab. Let’s all be honest for a minute – The Packers could have a great 2014 Season, with a whole slew of healthy players. That just wasn’t how 2013 went down.

    In the meantime, 2013 will be useful to give others experience and round out the team a bit. But, it’s a very short Season for the fans.

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  • Wanda Hill

    Sad to say that I am no longer an Aaron Rodgers fan and here is why: Sunday after the game my family was at Lambeau for my 9yr old daughter and 13 year old son’s first Packer Game. We had an amazing time and it was a dream come true experience for my kids to be at a game. (We’re formerly from WI and huge fans) After the game we went to the player’s entrance gate and joined 10-12 other people (about 8 of those people kids under the age of 15) at the gate to see the players up close leaving Lambeau. We were super excited to see the players and their families leaving and pumped to see some of them smile and wave. When we arrived I had approached the Security Guard and asked him if Aaron Rodgers ever stopped on his way out and signed an autograph here and there for the kids. The guard very politely said, “No, never but some of the other players do.” I told my kids what the guard had said and asked if they wanted to start hiking back to car. Both of the kids said they wanted to stay and wait just to see him leave and wave at him. (My son is also a HUGE Clay Mathews fan and a glipse of him would be a memory to last a lifetime as well). After a short wait we saw Aaron Rodgers come out and go to his truck where he stood between the vehicles and signing an autograph and took pictures with a fan inside the gate (about 25′ from the entrance). Everyone outside was whispering amongst ourselves “There he is, shhh” we were all trying to be respectful to both him and the lucky fan, not shouting “Hey Aaron over here” but whispering amongst ourselves. The kids that were there including my own were in awe to catch a glimpse of their hero. Rodgers proceeded to get into his truck and began to leave. He stopped and waited for the gate to open and by this time was at the end of a line of other players in their vehicles leaving. The kids at the fence were waving and smiling huge smiles. Rodgers looked straight ahead and didn’t turn his head even once to smile or lift a finger to wave at the people standing there. My son and another child began to walk along with Rodger’s truck (staying about 15-20′ from his vehicle, not approaching it, just walking with him) as Rodgers drove across the parking lot. The boys were smiling and waving the entire time. There is no possible way as a Quarterback Rodgers didn’t see these kids with his peripheral vision. Rodgers still did not turn his head or acknowledge his fans. At the end of the parking lot when it was time for Rodgers to leave the parking lot the Security Guard that was walking alongside him had walked out into traffic a proceeded to stop traffic so Rodgers could leave the stadium. At this time I approached Rodgers vehicle, I stayed about 5-6′ away and told Rodgers that he was a “sad man”. It costs NOTHING to smile, it takes NO TIME to smile and wave. He could at least smile and wave when there’s only 6-8 kids standing at the gate to catch a glimpse of him leaving. It’s part of his job that he’s paid very well for, it doesn’t stop when he walks off the field. It stops when he pulls out of the parking lot and is back to being Aaron Rodgers the person, not Aaron Rodgers the Quarterback. The kids are the future of the industry. No one was expecting an autograph but he could have at least turned his head and acknowledged the kids that were waving instead of looking straight ahead while he was stopped instead of snubbing 8 year olds. It appears the fame and fortune has gone to his head like it does with most players. He was so far up on his pedestal that he couldn’t turn his head and crack a fake smile. Sunday I was embarrassed to be wearing his jersey. 5 minutes, a smile and a wave are 5 minutes out of his prestigious life that a kid remembers for a lifetime. It’s those “Aaron Rodger’s smiled and waved at me!” moments that make lifetime memories and children fans for the rest of their lives.
    There were only a few people waiting by the gate that he drove by, not a huge crowd of annoying fans.
    Rodgers had a hero/ favorite player once too and I’m guessing he would have been pretty disappointed to see his idol snub him as a kid. Normal everyday people wave or smile as a common courtesy all the time, even at total strangers passing by on the road or the guy that let stops to let you merge into his lane while in traffic. No one was expecting a window to even be rolled down, just an acknowledgement. Win, lose or tie there were little kids standing out in the cold with smiling faces that look up to you like some super hero and think you’re one amazing person and even after you snubbed them they were amazed and awed by your presence??? I’m sure Rodgers does great things for kids (autograph sessions etc) when the cameras are rolling but it’s what you do when few are watching that makes integrity and essentially a person who he or she is. My son and the boy walking with him were crushed and the comment from son was, “Man what a jerk Mom. Are they all like that?” Of course as a parent that was watching her son’s heart crumble I tried smoothing it over by telling him, “No Honey, I’ve heard great things about the other players and I know Clay Matthews isn’t like that.” Rodgers has been caught on videos that have been broadcast on YouTube being rude and downright nasty to fans so our personal dream crushing experience isn’t the first but one of many that have taken place with him. I wish Aaron Rodgers well on the field and off and hope that this is somehow addressed. It’s very simple, either tint your windows very dark like some of the other players so no one sees you if you want your privacy or have some common decency to smile and wave to children. I realize it’s not in your contract by your job doesn’t end when you walk off that field and you’re paid very well to do it…by the fans.