Source: Packers pessimistic Rodgers will play

Updated: December 11, 2013, 10:02 AM ET


By
Ed Werder | ESPN


Multiple people within the Green Bay Packers organization are pessimistic that Aaron Rodgers will return for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, a league source told ESPN.

While no determination has been made on Rodgers’ status, a source told ESPN the Packers doubt that the quarterback — who revealed Tuesday he suffered pain in his injured left collarbone while making simple movements on the practice field last week — will be cleared to play.

Rodgers
We would need different results and different responses to be able to get on the field this week. … I shouldn’t be having pain doing some of the simple movements.


— Aaron Rodgers, on the possibility of him playing Sunday against the Cowboys

A scan performed last week showed Rodgers’ collarbone had not fully healed. He was scheduled to practice Wednesday and still must be medically cleared for game contact.

Medical experts believe it is unlikely Rodgers will be cleared because he is less than six weeks removed from suffering the injury. A source told ESPN that complete bone formation typically requires eight to 10 weeks, meaning Rodgers would be taking a risk by playing before at least eight weeks of healing.

The Packers’ medical staff is considered around the league to be conservative in returning players to the field prematurely from injury. Until sufficient bone healing has taken place, Rodgers is at risk for a non-displaced fracture that would require surgery and interfere with his offseason.

Rodgers talked about his recovery Tuesday on his ESPN 540 Milwaukee radio show, acknowledging that he experienced more pain than he expected when he returned to practice last week.

“We would need different results and different responses to be able to get on the field this week,” he said.

Rodgers said he was able to throw the ball without discomfort but that things changed once he moved around during full-speed drill work. Tasks such as taking snaps and handing off with his left arm were painful.

“I shouldn’t be having pain doing some of the simple movements,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said he planned on practicing Wednesday, but the Packers are preparing Matt Flynn to start against the Cowboys (7-6), who rank last in the league in defense.

Flynn kept Green Bay (6-6-1) in the playoff hunt this past weekend with its first win since Rodgers was injured Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. With three games remaining, the Packers trail the NFC North-leading Bears (7-6) and Detroit Lions (7-6) by a half-game.

ESPN.com Packers reporter Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.

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