Rodgers' return not a done deal

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Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monday, December 11, 2017

GREEN BAY--Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent a series of scans Monday and a decision on his status will come down to the evaluations of team physician Patrick McKenzie and several specialists who are being consulted.

Coach Mike McCarthy updated Rodgers’ status during his late afternoon news conference, saying the quarterback’s return from a broken right collarbone suffered eight weeks ago will depend on the medical evaluations.

"There's a number of scans, testing that went in this morning,” McCarthy said. “It's now in the evaluation stage. Dr. McKenzie is reviewing it. There are a number of opinions involved."

Asked when he would know whether Rodgers would be available for the Carolina Panthers game Sunday, he said, “I don’t have a timeline.”

McCarthy said the staff would go through its regular game-planning Monday and Tuesday and adjust once it knew Rodgers’ status. It’s possible the medical opinions will lean toward Rodgers not playing, in which case Brett Hundley would have to start for an eighth straight game.

McCarthy said Rodgers believes he is ready to play, but the organization won’t put him in jeopardy if the medical opinions say his shoulder is not ready. Rodgers is eligible to come off of injured reserve on Saturday and has been practicing for two weeks.

"In his mind, he's ready to go,” McCarthy said. “But it's a medical decision.”

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