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Packers Podcast: Holding Out Slim Hopes for Rodgers' Return in Vikings Game

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Packers Podcast: Holding Out Slim Hopes for Rodgers' Return in Vikings Game

On Friday morning I joined Bart Winkler on K107 in Fond du Lac to preview Sunday's game between the Packers and the Vikings. We discuss the struggles of both the Packers and the Vikings defenses, and the chances the Packers can still qualify for the playoffs, but we also talk about the hints that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has dropped that he could possibly still return in time for this weekend's Vikings game.

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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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jack in jersey city's picture

not. gonna. happen.

mike's picture

if they keep playing that sorry defense they playing all year it won't matter who is the Qb is.

Marlow's picture

On Rodgers' radio show on Tuesday, he said that his type of injury usually took 6-8 weeks of recovery time. That would make it the Dallas, Pittsburgh, or Chicago game as a realistic date for his return. It's depressing, but it is what it is. Personally, I'd rather not risk him at all if there's no point in it. He should have 7-8 years left as a top player. That's a lot of winning seasons on the line.

Maybe we should just think of this as Scott Tolzien's development as a solid back-up for the future, too.

Making lemonade from lemons--always tasty with a touch of vodka or gin.

Stroh's picture

If it were a break like Woodson had in the SB I would say 6-8 wks. But did you see how Woodson had his arm slinged and couldn't move it w/o pain? Rodgers jogged off the field w/o any noticeable pain and hasn't had to use a sling at all since the injury. That clearly indicates that Rodgers injury isn't nearly as severe. My guess is a crack in the bone but not a break like Wood had. If that's the case the 3-4 week projection right after the injury is probably accurate. I'm guessing he has a 50/50 chance or better to play Thanksgiving Day vs the Leo's. If not then certainly the next game vs Atl.

TommyG's picture

Did he practice at all this week? No. So the answer to whether or not he is going to play is: NO!

Point Packer's picture

If plays, gets hurt then season = over. Rest him to Thanksgiving, at least.

Longshanks's picture

No need to risk Rodgers when we have Tolzein. Now that he officially has a full game under his belt he's going to shine tomorrow despite the bitter cold. He's prepared as Rodgers would be and has more confidence than Muhammid Ali though it's a quiet confidence. He'll win tomorrow and beat the Lions in Detroit. Rodgers comes back after that and we're good to go!! Mark my words on this one!!

Longshanks

Stroh's picture

Your going way overboard. Tolzien has looked decent so far. You act like he's going to relegate Rodgers to the bench. Get a grip on reality here. He has shown very little other than being able to move the ball w/ a very good running game so far. He hasn't shown he can avoid the game killing mistake, nor has he shown he can put the ball in the end zone. When he has done either of those he'll have proven he's good, not much more. He is a career NFL backup, who much like Flynn might eventually have a shot at an NFL starting job, but it certainly ain't in GB, and IF he does get that shot, he'll likely suffer a similar fate as Flynn.

First he needs to lead the Pack to a win. If he's able to do that vs Minn, and a very bad Minn team, he still will have A LOT to prove. Get a grip on reality... Please!

Longshanks's picture

Stroh, Tolzein already has shown he can put the ball in the end zone. He threw 2 td's, one to Jones who didn't have his foot in bounds and Nelson who bobbled it. The passes were dead on accurate. Not Tolzein's fault on those. Other than that MM hasn't given him much of an opportunity to be honest. I can't believe he'll be an idiot again and play conservative with Tolzein against the Vikings. He needs to let it fucking rip!! and whatever happens happens. Win or lose but go down throwin!! Let's see what this kid can do.

Longshanks

larry valdes's picture

Longshanks i tkink the same we are goin to win tomorow and tolzier is gone shine.

Longshanks's picture

Damn right he's going to shine Larry!! I can't wait. I already popped my first Schlitz!!

Longshanks

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