It’s only Monday and with the NFC North title and a playoff berth on the line, certainly the Green Bay Packers will do everything possible to have Aaron Rodgers in the lineup when they meet the Bears Sunday.
But my best guess is it won’t happen and it will be Matt Flynn who tries to lead them over the Bears.
I have no scoops or inside information about what to expect for the Bears game. On Monday, Mike McCarthy said he wasn't sure of Rodgers' status but he wants to make a decision on Rogers' availability "sooner than later," according to the AP.
But sources have told me that Rodgers wasn’t close to being ready for Pittsburgh, so a huge improvement in the one week leading up to the Bears game seems unlikely. Doctors looked at scans of the bone last week and it wasn't healed, according to that source.
And, while Rodgers has been practicing during times when the media can watch practice, he usually leaves soon after the media and continues his rehab.
We don’t know enough to compare Rodgers' fractured collarbone to Lance Briggs' fractured shoulder, but we do know were originally told Briggs would be out 4-to-6 weeks and it took him nine to get back.
Rodgers has been out seven weeks.
Aaron Rodgers is the franchise in Green Bay and makes them an instant contender when he’s on the field. The idea the Packers would risk him at less than at least 90-to-100 percent for one game when they hope he has at least a half dozen or more years left to play is foolishness.
I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. But I’ve been told by doctors that initial fractures of the variety Rodgers is believed to have, when treated properly, can come back as strong as ever. But when re-injured before completely healing, they can become chronic problems that challenge complete recovery and careers.
It seems to me he has to be just about 100 percent to face the Bears and everything we’ve heard seems to make that unlikely.