After giving individual interviews the past couple of days, to TV anchor Larry McCarren and ESPNMilwaukee's Jason Wilde, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back before his locker for his customary Wednesday media session today. Don't read too much into that. He's still but 15 days removed from suffering a fractured collarbone. The question everyone wants answered is, when will he come back? Normally, that type of injury takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to heal and at that rate, the Atlanta game? Dallas? Considering the team hasn't won without him, the season may be over for all intents and purposes by them. Rodgers discussed a lot of the issues surrounding his recovery and the ultimate risk or reward debate of coming back prematurely to bail out a near desperate team. Here's what he had to say:
Injuries have been the dominant storyline all season with this team and today, Randall Cobb turned Mr. Curious. When he met reporters today, Cobb said his recovery from a broken fibula is on course and he's doing everything he can to return. The new, unsolved mystery was this, Cobb refuted the popular and public reports of having a broken leg. Randall insisted that isn't the injury but when pressed, he declined to offer just what exactly did happen to him in Baltimore. Now why would he do that? Still scratching my head.
The dirty dozen. 12 names on this week's initial injury report, seven of them did not participate in practice. The by-standing roll call: Don Barclay (knee), Casey Hayward (hamstring), Johnny Jolly (groin), James Nixon (knee), Nick Perry (foot/ankle), Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and Sam Shields (hamstring). Mike Neal (abdomen), Ryan Pickett (knee), Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) and Andy Mulumba (ankle) were all limited. Clay Matthews was a full participant with his healing broken thumb. Mike McCarthy admitted it wasn't easy to practice with so many players out but the Packers aren't alone, every team is banged up as we inch close toward December.
The Packers released guard Bryan Collins from the practice squad to make room, a lot of room, for another offensive lineman. Andrew Tiller, a 6-4, 324 pound guard from Syracuse was brought in today. Tiller was a 6th round pick of the Saints last year and spent his rookie season on injured reserve. He was with the San Diego practice squad until the Chargers released him on Monday.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier announced today Christian Ponder will be his starter against the Packers. The Minnesota merry go round at quarterback has been a big reason why a playoff team in 2012 has plunged to 2-8 this year. Ponder, Matt Cassell and the Josh Freeman experiment has eroded the team's overall confidence. The Vikes will come to town with absolutely nothing to lose, but game number nine.