Aaron Rodgers focusing on his health, not return date

ARLINGTON TX – OCTOBER 08 Rod Smith

ARLINGTON TX – OCTOBER 08 Rod Smith

It will be the bone healing.

Rodgers cautioned everyone to "temper expectations" about his return, with scans of his collarbone determining when he can start throwing again. "But ultimately it comes down to blood flow to that area and how fast it lays down to the bone there", he said. "That's the most important thing", Rodgers said, per the team's website.

The Packers put him on injured reserve, with the capability to return to the active roster on December 17. His return depends on whether the Packers remain in the playoff hunt. They are coming off of a bye week, but lost the two games prior to it. Remember when Rodgers returned from a broken collarbone to stun the Bears in Week 17 of the 2013 season with a late fourth-down touchdown, which won them the division?

At 4-3, the Packers are still in the mix. Plus, the Vikings are rolling at 6-2.

"First of all, I want to be healthy", Rodgers said.

"I feel good about the structure, the way the operation went, the plates and the screws, but it comes down to how that thing unions back together".

The league did not fine Barr for the hit.

Rodgers was legally hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr as the 33-year-old three a pass that was dropped by tight end Martellus Bennett. "You know that you don't have the same protection outside the pocket". The Packers' quarterback said, "A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation, but it is what it is".

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