No official diagnosis has been or will be made on Aaron Rodgers until the Green Bay Packers quarterback undergoes further testing on Tuesday.
But if Rodgers misses even one game with a shoulder injury, the Packers must add another quarterback to their roster in time for this upcoming Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Packers simply cannot go into their Week 10 match-up with no backup plan to Seneca Wallace.
Perhaps the most obvious option would be to promote Scott Tolzien from the practice squad, although acquiring Matt Flynn is not out of the question.
Just last week, the Packers gave Tolzien a raise after receiving overtures from another NFL team. Even though he remains on the practice squad, Tolzien is being paid like he's on the 53-man roster.
Whoever the Packers add, they would have to make room by cutting a player or placing one on injured reserve. And if there's even the remotest of chance Aaron Rodgers will return before the end of the season, the Packers aren't about to place the face of their franchise on I.R.
Further complicating matters is the decision the Packers must make on offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, who's currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but whose three-week window of practice ends on Tuesday.
Sherrod must either be activated, placed on injured reserve or released by Tuesday, leaving the Packers with only a little over 24 hours to make such a decision.
Before Rodgers' injury, it appeared as if there was a clear path for Sherrod to be activated to the 53-man roster by placing tight end Jermichael Finley on season-ending injured reserve with a serious neck injury.
There has been no official determination on Finley's injury either, but the Packers are running out of time. Either he can play or he can't, but it seems unlikely the Packers are going to take any chances when a player's quality of life could be in jeopardy.
If the Packers are dead set on promoting Scott Tolzien from the practice squad, there's no urgency to make a roster move. He can take part in practice all week long.
The Packers, however, would have to make a roster move by Saturday to make room for Tolzien.
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