Rodgers: Decision on status due Thursday

Updated: December 24, 2013, 5:04 PM ET


By
Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers don’t practice until Thursday, but by then they will know whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return from a broken collarbone.

Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show that he underwent another scan within the last 24 hours and a decision will be made before preparation resumes for Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears. The Packers are off on Wednesday for Christmas.

“I’m feeling better and not thinking about my injury at all,” Rodgers said on the show. “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?”

Since Rodgers resumed practicing four weeks ago, the Packers have taken the decision on his status to the end of the week, but coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he wanted to make one earlier this week.

Rodgers was injured in the first meeting with the Bears on Nov. 4. The Packers were 5-2 at that point, but have gone 2-5-1 since. Still, they can win the NFC North with a victory Sunday. Rodgers had hoped to return several weeks ago, but he was not cleared medically.

“I thought as of last week there’d be a lot more healing that would have gone on,” Rodgers said. “Learned a lot about the clavicle and the kind of blood flow or lack of that it gets as being a reason it didn’t look as good as we all wanted it last week.”

The Packers did not practice Tuesday but were at the facility going through meetings and other team activities.

Receiver James Jones said in a brief session with reporters that he thought “we will get some good news” about Rodgers. Team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie was at Lambeau Field on Tuesday and was expected to meet with Rodgers, McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson. Rodgers said McKenzie has consulted with other doctors about the results of Rodgers’ tests.

“As a doctor I appreciate his willingness to check with his colleagues and people we trust about what he’s seeing and make sure everyone’s on the same page,” Rodgers said. “I appreciate Doc even more through this whole process. Any negative comments sent his way are totally inappropriate in my opinion. If you want to be mad at anything in the situation, be mad at the fact my collarbone hasn’t healed the way we all wanted it to.”

Several times since his injury, Rodgers has expressed frustration over reports about his condition, the time frame for his return and other issues that he believes should remain in-house. On Tuesday’s show, he mentioned several times that only four people know all the details — himself, McCarthy, McKenzie and Thompson.

“Anyone else’s opinion out there is not informed, [as a] nice way to put it,” Rodgers said. “Any type of hypotheses out there or guesses on what’s going on or the state of my mind or Mike, or Mike and I’s relationship, to me is highly inappropriate.

“Anyone who would be a source without putting their name to it and talk about my injury within the organization is a coward. I don’t think there’s anybody in the organization who would do that. Again, there’s four people who know what’s going on. I think we’ve been pretty open about talking about this injury. Some people might not appreciate that or think that we need to get more information out. But this is a process. It’s difficult on all of us.”

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