The Green Bay Packers play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and Aaron Rodgers will be the next Browns quarterback.
As much as Browns fans, who have watched a revolving door at quarterback for decades, would love to have Rodgers, he’s not leaving Green Bay. He’s just getting back into the swing of things by running the Packers’ scout team in practice. He’ll pretend that he’s Cleveland rookie DeShone Kizer.
“Brett Hundley [is] running the first-team offense in practice this week to prepare for Green Bay’s trip to Cleveland,” wrote Mike Spofford of the team’s official website. “So Rodgers’ practice reps will come as the ‘Browns quarterback’ against the Packers’ first-string defense.”
The Packers are clearly happy to see Rodgers progressing nicely as he recovers from his broken right collarbone. He’s currently on injured reserve, but is eligible to be activated as soon as Week 15 and could play in the Packers’ final three games. However, coach Mike McCarthy was quick to point out that this doesn’t mean he’s 100 percent yet.
“They wear red shirts, so obviously scout-team work is something he will do,” McCarthy said. “It’s important for him to feel the pass rush and get acclimated. We’ll be in pads on Thursday, so we have to identify exactly what we want to get done there. That’s why we call it trial return. He’s not cut loose to go full in practice where he’s able to do everything. Medical clearance will not be an option until next week.”
Even so, they’re excited to see what he can do as he faces a defense for the first time since Oct. 15.
“[He’s] an extremely competitive guy going out and trying to win every play,” said offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett. “With how competitive he is, it’s going to make it fun.”
The Packers are 6-6 and currently two games out of the final wild-card spot. A win over the Browns combined with the return of Rodgers could mean another miracle run to the playoffs, much like they did in 2016.
After the Browns, the Packers play at Carolina, are home against the Minnesota Vikings and then finish the season on the road at Detroit.