Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has missed five games since breaking his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 15.
On Friday, he faces a workout that could determine whether or not the Packers attempt to bring him back, according to a report from Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
The Packers are off on Friday prior to their Week 13 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. However, Rodgers will test to see where he’s at after a throwing session on Sunday put him ahead of his timetable for return. If all goes well, he’ll participate in an actual practice on Saturday.
“We’re looking tomorrow to potentially practice him in a trial return,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ll determine that tomorrow … It would be great to have him out there.”
It’ll still be two weeks before Rodgers is eligible to play in a game and the Packers are barely clinging to hope for making the postseason, so it might be a moot point by the time he is allowed to return. But the organization is keeping their options open.
The injury Rodgers suffered was to his non-throwing shoulder, so it’s not an enormous surprise that he’s looking good throwing. However, it’ll be how he handles contact that determines whether or not he’s ready to return.