Don't expect Aaron Rodgers to rush back after surgery to repair his right collarbone. The Green Bay Packers quarterback made it clear that his health is the most important thing to him after having suffered the injury last month against division rival Minnesota Vikings. So, don't expect to see him for at least eight weeks.
On Friday, one of the league's top signal callers talked to the media about his recover and the rest of the season:
First of all, I want to be healthy. That's the most important thing. But if we're healthy in eight weeks and it would make sense to come back, then I'm going to come back.
The eight weeks is the minimum amount of time Rodgers has to sit out now that the Packers have placed him on injured reserve. The soonest he could play again would be against the Carolina Panthers in week 15, and that's only if he is fully healed. This eliminates the the weekly speculation that went along with his injury in 2013 when Rodges broke his left clavicle. But with it being his throwing arm side, the injury is more severe. Back then he skipped surgery and was back after seven weeks, playing in the season finale.
I think the best thing that happened probably in this is just to put me on IR, because now you know it's going to be at least eight weeks. Where the last time, the holdup was the bone wasn't healed. That was the main holdup. You could see me throwing at practice, you could see me [feeling] positive about it and feeling good, but then you'd go to the scan and it's not healed yet. So it did take the duration.
With being on IR, Rodgers could start practicing again after 6 weeks and play after 8 if he is cleared.
I would just temper expectations because, as much as I would love to get back out there this year, if it's not healed, then there's no conversation. If it is healed, then there's a conversation and we'll go from there.
Rodgers plans to be at the team facility while he is on injured reserve both to rehab and help Brett Hundley, the new starting quarterback.