|'It's a Race Against Time,' Rodgers Says|
by Bill Huber of PackerReport.com, November 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm ET
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Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers said the risk of reinjury and possible "complications going forward" is what is keeping him out of the lineup.
Speaking on his weekly radio show with ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde on Tuesday, Rodgers said he'd have to practice on Friday of this week to face the Vikings on Sunday or Tuesday of next week to face the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Neither scenario seems likely, though. As he's done in past interviews, he reminded listeners that this is not just a "slight" injury.
"We are 15 days outside of a fractured collarbone," Rodgers said. "Put that in the context of a normal healing cycle for someone who has had a similar injury to mine. ... Six to eight weeks. So I think you have to put it in that context, regardless of what was out there on the mothership of ESPN and their folks or any other outlet. You have to understand that it is not just a slight injury. If it had been, I would be back out on the field. I think my track record proves that. So, it's frustrating. It's a time issue.
"I have proven in the past to be a fast healer, whether it's dealing with a broken finger in college, or the ankle injuries I have sustained or my knee injuries in college and high school, or my shoulder injury (against Tampa Bay in 2008)," Rodgers said. "I have played through some pain and healed pretty quickly. It's a race against time. Hopefully, providence intervenes at times, as well."
If Rodgers can't play in either of these next two games, there's a chance the Packers could be eliminated from playoff contention. If that's the case, Rodgers dismissed the possibility that he would call sit out the rest of the season to be sure the injury is fully healed.
"It's not my personality. I don't want to do that," he said.