Aaron Rodgers' Collarbone At "Extraordinary Risk"
By Allen Kim
Aaron Rodgers has already been officially ruled out for Sunday, and while there was some speculation that he could potentially be cleared to play, sources for ESPN’s Chris Mortensen say that he was never close to playing and that his fractured collarbone is still at “extraordinary risk.”
"Just as I've stated all along, we've got two different circumstances here," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "We've got Aaron Rodgers' health, and obviously where we are as a football team.
"Until we feel good about where Aaron is medically, that will not be part of the second circumstance. So as an organization, we are not ready for him to play."
Rodgers has been out for the last seven weeks, having originally injured his collarbone on Nov. 4 in a game against the Chicago bears. It appears that he may not even be able to return in Week 17 even if the team is still in contention to make the playoffs. The team has managed to win their last two games with Matt Flynn under center, and they have to move forward with him as their starter for the last two games of the regular season.
“He understands where we are. Everything has been explained, but he obviously wants to play. The kid has played with injuries. He’s a tough guy. He’s done everything he possibly could to try to get back on the field.”
On how Rodgers tried to state his case: “I think Aaron clearly wants to play. He’s a very competitive man. He’s done everything he possibly can from his end of it, but he understands how the organization feels. Everything was laid out on the table, and the organization is not ready for him to play.”