Here’s the deal: Mike McCarthy wanted to get it done sooner rather than later, and certainly the fans will be appreciative, but one can’t overstate what the Chicago Bears are thinking heading into this weekend’s game with the Green Bay Packers to decide the winner of the 2013 NFC North Division title.
That’s because on Thursday, it’s become clear that the Packers will have an announcement to make about Rodgers’ status for the game. An announcement one way or the other early in the game preparation process is a good thing for everyone – the Packers can put the ball in Matt Flynn‘s hands and prepare with him under center; the fans can mentally prepare, and the Chicago Bears can focus on how to attack the Packers with Matt Flynn at QB.
Rodgers sounded positive early in the week, but he’s been saying that for about the past three or four weeks.
Here’s how he described things as he sees them:
“I’m feeling better and not thinking about my injury at all. I think ultimately it comes down to, it’s big on the medical side. Is the bone healed or is there a large risk of going back out there that’s too great, that the organization would not want to put me out there?
“Obviously I want to be out there. I know what’s at stake. This is an important week for us. We’re somehow back in this position to be able to get into the playoffs. What a better way to do that than against the Chicago Bears?”
As has been reported here and across the interweb, the Packers “organization” isn’t going to allow a decision to put Aaron Rodgers on the field if it’s not in the best interest of all stakeholders. His value is too high to jeopardize his future.
As Rodgers is quoted as saying more than once, It comes down to the medical side of the issue – whether the bone has healed sufficiently so that there is no danger of re-injury when Rodgers is slammed into the turf by a 300-pound lineman.
If it’s not, he won’t play. It’s as simple as that.
So, stay tuned … Thursday’s a big day.