QB Aaron Rodgers Reveals Injury News: To Conan O'Brien

If you've been hoping for more updates on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his broken right clavicle, you've probably been getting a little impatient.

There's been few of those updates since Rodgers suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Oct. 15 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr tackled Rodgers after he threw the ball and -- evidently with no malice -- drove Rodgers into the ground.

Rodgers underwent surgery to begin the healing process four days later on the 19th in California, leading to the Packers placing him on injured reserve and sidelining him for an eight-week minimum.

Even despite being in a sling and having to go without throwing a football for at least six weeks in a perfect world, Rodgers appeared on a pre-recorded segment on "Conan" to play some video games with Conan O'Brien. Before they dove into the games, however, Rodgers was asked to relive the hit from Barr.

"I rolled out to my right, I threw the ball, and I got tackled and kind of slammed into the ground," Rodgers said. "But, I'm good now. 13 screws later and here I am."

Yes, Rodgers had 13 screws surgically placed in the area of his injury to presumably help speed up the process, something most athletes do to get back into action faster than normal.

Professional cyclist, Lance Armstrong underwent a similar procedure in 2009 to repair his broken right clavicle, suffered in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon race in Spain. Alternatively, Armstrong had 12 screws inserted into his collarbone and was able to return just over a month later.

Of course, in Rodgers' case, it's a little trickier since it's his throwing arm.

"Sometimes athletes -- and this happens in Europe among soccer players -- they're actually treated surgically to get them back on the field more quickly," said Dr. Frank A. Cordasco, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, in 2009 at the time of Armstrong's injury.

The Packers are among many hoping for a Dec. 17 return for Rodgers, which would pit him against the Carolina Panthers. He would have to be one of the two players the Packers are able to activate from I.R. per season.

Contrary to those initial reports, former NFL team physician MD David Chao says the new return could be week 17, depending on if the Packers are in a competitive position by then.

"The total of 13 is definitely higher than the average and would mean a comminuted (many fragments) or a segmental (three main pieces) fracture with a longer plate inserted to cover the extended fracture area," Chao wrote. "We had previously said Rodgers needed a minimum of eight weeks with a possible target of a week 15 return. Our caveat was that he not have a comminuted fracture, which it now appears he did.

"Week 17 may be the new target, but we will have to see how the healing progresses and how the Packers record fares to see if Rodgers returns this season."

You can watch Rodgers' appearance on "Conan" Thursday night at 11 p.m. PST on TBS.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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ZacharyJacobson's picture

October 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

You're on top of things RC! Lol, I published this, saw he tweeted out that article and immediately came back to throw some extra info in.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

well, work is slow, and its lunch time. lol

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Tundraboy's picture

October 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Back for Christmas sounds more like it. Wonder what the record will be like then. May be a present we can not use until well after the new year. If it's a high draft position opportunity and it means waiting til next season, I'm OK with that. This team has a lot of picks and a high position is very much needed.

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Ladyt Dejesus's picture

October 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

I dnt want Rodgers coming back fast I want him to heal correctly love you Aaron Rodgers

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Bearmeat's picture

October 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

GB MUST win the next two games coming out of the bye, or I don't see why Rodgers should hurry back. And unfortunately, with this defense, and an inexperienced QB, I don't see how that could be the case.

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flackcatcher's picture

October 26, 2017 at 01:18 pm

I hate to say, but it all depends on the health of the secondary. (excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom right now. Going to throw up....)

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October 26, 2017 at 01:57 pm

If health is the reason they run into each other, play with 10 men in the red zone and can't be bothered to actually cover a slant from max split, then yes.

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dobber's picture

October 27, 2017 at 07:16 am

Well, yes, because otherwise they have to do all that stuff in the training room.

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Razer's picture

October 26, 2017 at 01:14 pm

Packer fans should focus on a Brett Hundley led campaign because that is the only way we get any further this season. Broken collarbone on your throwing shoulder and 13 screws is not to be messed with unless you don't care about the future.

Of course... Professional cyclist, Lance Armstrong underwent a similar procedure in 2009 to repair his broken right clavicle, suffered in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon race in Spain. Alternatively, Armstrong had 12 screws inserted into his collarbone and was able to return just over a month later...

We could just ask for something to help our guy recover quicker. Sorry, but when you lob them up like that...

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4thand1's picture

October 26, 2017 at 08:28 pm

Maybe Lance could give him some of his roids.

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Since'61's picture

October 26, 2017 at 01:48 pm

Appreciate the update on Rodgers. It's up to our defense whether or not it's worth Rodgers returning the season, Yikes!!! Thanks, Since '61

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cheesehead1's picture

October 26, 2017 at 02:42 pm

Exactly right, I’ve been saying this since before the season began. Rodgers can only do so much, time for the D to finally step up but I’m not too optimistic. They had a good chance at home against NO and failed again.

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al bundy's picture

October 26, 2017 at 02:27 pm

Personally I laughed when I heard he may come back in December. A rumor I suspect started by Ted T so the fans in the stands keep attending.
I posted way back when that we looked it up and the procedure they said he was going to get took at least 12 weeks to fully heal where you can lift your arm normally.
Now when I hear the size of the plate and it must brush against his clavical in his throwing arm? I hate to say what that might mean but my guess is still he will be lucky to come back for Spring ball.

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al bundy's picture

October 26, 2017 at 02:32 pm

PS lets all thank Ted for letting our best O linemen go to save a buck and not draftiing some top replacements to protect your franchise. This is on Ted and cheap ball.

The Vikes were so discusted with their oline performance last year, Spielman got rid of all of them and drafted and used free agency to build a new O line in one off season. That was their weakness last year, that is what Spielman fixed.

Ted T has screwed pack fans by not being agressive and dealing with problems like Pass D which still kind of sucks, O line depth. These problems dont go aways with 5th round picks and undrafteds.

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Finwiz's picture

October 26, 2017 at 03:43 pm

I will be extremely surprised if AR is back this year. This is legitimately a 12 week injury. Top 10 in the draft sounds very good with all those picks.

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stockholder's picture

October 26, 2017 at 04:09 pm

Top 10? A QB will be taken with the first pick. Bank on it.

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Lphill's picture

October 26, 2017 at 04:19 pm

Heal up Aaron see you in 2018 . No need to rush back . Hopefully we have a healthy Rodgers and a new defensive coordinator next season.

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October 26, 2017 at 05:44 pm

Rodgers needs to take it easy... UNLESS we can count on the LINE to protect the man. Otherwise, no good thing would come out of a RUSH (pun intended) to get back in the game. Just sayin'.

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