We have been through this drill enough that we all know it well: Monday and Tuesday are off days. Wednesday, back to practice and a bone scan. Thursday, a teaser (perhaps) and Friday, the big announcement.
I’m, of course, talking about the playing status of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For the past 45 days, Packer-land has obsessed over when #12 will get back on the field. By now, we should all be used to the news that Rodgers is not quite ready, yet when that news has come, some interesting opinions have surfaced on message boards and social media.
As of Thursday, there still was no confirmation that there was a bone scan or an X-ray done on Rodgers’ collarbone. It’s fair to speculate that one was performed, given that Rodgers is now within a normal recovery window and also given the team’s hopes that he may have made a jump in his recovery from the injury. The key word there is “speculation”. And that’s where it will stay until tomorrow.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers both spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky wrote a brief recap. He quoted only two lines from Rodgers, stating “I have a good sense of what’s going to happen” and “It’s an organizational and a medical decision at this point”. Despite the brevity and lack of change in what has been said by the organization, much will still be made of these statements by Rodgers.
Twitter, Facebook, JSOnline (I personally recommend the comments section). All mediums are filled with theories on what the brevity of Rodgers’ comments means. Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Mike Vandermause opined that Rodgers was throwing the ball around at yesterday’s practice like he really wanted to play.
McCarthy went so far as to say that Rodgers looked good and like he was ready to play. Unfortunately, McCarthy is just one cog in the process that gets Rodgers back in uniform and on the field for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It would seem that both McCarthy and Rodgers are lobbying heavily to play. But it’s what Dr. Pat McKenzie says that seems to ultimately determine the final decision. There was speculation, based on the little that was said, that it seems like McKenzie is still holding Rodgers back and is not likely to clear him. Again, more speculation.
It could also be the case that Rodgers chose to cut his media session short because he didn’t want to create a frenzy by giving too much of an indication that he would play. And there’s even more speculation.
The bottom line is that none of us knows the truth and we’re all waiting on the official word from the team tomorrow. If any of you have a great inside source or a new theory, feel free to share!
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: