The Green Bay Packers playoff hopes remained alive when they shocked the Browns with a 27-21 comeback win in overtime.
Well the Packers didn’t shock us as much as the Browns did—finding yet another way to remain winless. This time blowing a 21-7 lead and allowing the game tying TD with just 17 seconds left.
Regardless of how they won, the 7-6 Packers are still alive in the playoff race and the advantage they may have down the stretch is the return of Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers sent out an Instagram post last night, on the eve of the first practice in advance of Sunday's game at Carolina that he had been cleared to play but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s capable of it.
Rodgers underwent a CT scan on Monday to determine how his fractured collarbone is healing and while there has been no announcement yet on whether he will return, a source says the Packers are consulting with several experts to determine if it is a wise decision to have Rodgers play.
Rodgers is said to be “pushing very hard to play,” but the team is concerned about the two-time MVP’s long-term health. Rodgers’ collarbone is not fully healed, and the Packers have known all along that it would not be by now. As Rapoport notes, an 80-percent healed collarbone would be considered good enough to play. However, there is still some risk of Rodgers re-breaking the bone—which is exactly what Tony Romo did back in 2015 when he returned before his fractured collarbone was fully healed.
Rodgers could also wait until Week 16 or even Week 17 to return, but considering current starter Brett Hundley needed a miracle to beat the Browns—it seems the sooner the better for Rodgers return.
If only he could get better, sooner.