A pair of NFL reporters apparently have sources in the Packers organization that have leaked the team's expected timeline for Aaron Rodgers' recovery from his fractured collarbone. Though Mike McCarthy and Rodgers himself both stated on Tuesday that there was no firm timetable, these reports coming out today suggest that an expected recovery period has indeed been established.
And it's not good.
#Packers are putting Aaron Rodgers timeline for recovery from broken clavicle at 4-6 weeks, but believe it’ll be closer to 4, per sources.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2013
Said on @FOXSportsLive, source pins it at roughly 4-6 weeks for Aaron Rodgers. Fourth week tricky b/c T'giving game is 3.5 wks from injury.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 6, 2013
As Mike Garafolo notes, the Thanksgiving game against Detroit will be a challenge based on the four-to-six week estimate. If the true length of time it takes Rodgers to come back depends only on his pain tolerance, I certainly would not rule out QB12 taking the field on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field. But if there are other factors at play, then his absence will likely be a few weeks more than that.
We'll continue to update you as more information becomes available.