The Green Bay Packers have been deliberately vague about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone in the four days since he suffered the injury against the Minnesota Vikings. However, on Thursday afternoon news leaked out that Rodgers has had his surgery to correct the issue.
The Packers still have yet to make any final determination on whether Rodgers will go on injured reserve, with head coach Mike McCarthy saying that the team was going to wait until after the surgery to make that decision. Now that surgery is complete, the roster transaction watch begins.
If the Packers do think Rodgers can return this season but still want to free up his roster spot, they would likely do so as possible. Players put on injured reserve may be reactivated after eight weeks on that list, so it would behoove the Packers to make that move prior to this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. If they do so, he would be eligible to return in week 15, when the Packers travel to play the Carolina Panthers, current holders of the best record in the NFC South.
Of course, the team could still elect to keep him on the 53-man roster, which would preserve his eligibility at any time. Stay tuned for any updates on his roster status.