GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Will he or won't he? There are conflicting reports on whether Aaron Rodgers can return at quarterback for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' home game against Atlanta.
Rodgers, who turns 30 today, practiced on a limited basis last week for the first time since he broke a collarbone four weeks ago tonight against Chicago. N-F-L Network reported yesterday that Rodgers would be "lucky" to play against the Falcons -- and if the Packers lose on Sunday, team officials might consider letting Rodgers sit out for the rest of the season.
Green Bay is on the brink of playoff contention, and then their best chance to get in would be to the win N-F-C North Division in which they're a game-and-an-half out with four left. After the N-F-L Network report appeared, Rodgers told E-S-P-N-Wisconsin that his collarbone will be examined again this week and it would take quote, "a strong consensus from doctors and the team's hierarchy to return" on Sunday.
Last night, Rodgers sounded more optimistic. At a Los Angeles Clippers' game, he told Fox Sports L-A quote, "I'll be back and ready to go Sunday." The saga will certainly be question Number-One when Packers' coach Mike McCarthy holds his next news conference late this afternoon.
Green Bay is winless in its last five games, while Atlanta ended a five-game losing streak with a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo yesterday.