The house that Vince Lombardi built at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin has experienced a franchise impasse during its 2017-18 NFL season.
During an exhilarating game by the Green Bay Packers against their division rival Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017, starting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a punishing tackle by a Vikings defender, which injured his right collarbone and caused a fracture.
Rodgers had surgery performed on his fractured right collarbone four days after experiencing the game day injury. After that, the Packers placed their superstar quarterback on the injured reserve list. It was not known at that time whether or not Rodgers would be able to return to the field at some point late in the season.
However, the elite, 33-year-old signal caller posted a message to fans on his Instagram page late Tuesday night (December 12), which indicated that the Super Bowl-winning Rodgers has been cleared to start in the next Packers game against the Panthers on Sunday December 17, 2017.
“It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m happy to say I’ve been medically cleared to return,” Rodgers posted. “Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain,” he continued.
Number 12’s impassioned message to fans was written below a picture of the rugged and tough touchdown passer resting on a hospital bed with a hairnet on under a white sheet giving a smile and a thumbs up. This eliminated any doubt about Rodgers being good to go. He has desperately desired to play during his speedy recovery.
“One of the big factors that played into this was Aaron Rodgers very, very badly wanted to play,” said television sports reporter Ian Rapoport during a Tuesday night show on the NFL Network.
“And that’s one thing that’s been clear the entire time with Rodgers is ever since he broke his collarbone, he was aggressive in his recovery to try to get ready for Week 15,” Rapoport went on to say.
The 7-6 Green Bay Packers are more than eager to have their warrior under center back after experiencing a subpar season in his absence. The focus for the team is to get back to its winning ways.