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Monday, November 18, 2013
Assessing risk key to Aaron Rodgers' return

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There still isn't a solid timeline on quarterback Aaron Rodgers' return, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy already has named Scott Tolzien as this week's starter against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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But Rodgers gave some insight into what the team doctors are thinking about his broken collarbone during an appearance Monday on the show "Packers Live with Larry McCarren" on WGBA-TV, the local NBC affiliate.

“I'm going to be back when I'm ready, when there's very low risk of re-injuring that,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, if you have another blow like I had, a displacement of the collarbone could be 3-5 months of rehab. That's not what we want.”

Still, Rodgers said he knows the Packers' season could hinge on his return.

“At the same time, we're 5-5 and we might need a little jolt here at some point,” Rodgers told McCarren, a former Packers center and the analyst on the team's radio broadcasts.

Earlier on Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers' return will be a collective decision between the medical staff and Rodgers.

“Really, I don't make medical decisions,” McCarthy said. “That will be no different with Aaron Rodgers. We all know he wants to play; he wants to play as soon as he can. But those are big decisions when you put a player back on the field. When everybody's confident, then that's when it will happen.”