Rodgers takes next steps in returning to the game field

QB on injured reserve returns to practice Saturday
Rodgers takes next steps in returning to the game field

The Packers QB is taking the initial steps to returning to the game field, according to a report.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Aaron Rodgers, who’s been on injured reserve while he heals from a broken collarbone and subsequent surgery, could return to practice Saturday, according to Packers.com. Saturday is the first day Rodgers is eligible to practice, according to the NFL’s injured-reserve return rules.

McCarthy said Rodgers will be evaluated Friday and the team hopes to have him practice on Saturday.

The earliest Rodgers would be eligible to play in a game is Dec. 17, Packers.com reported.

The Packers have lost four of the five games started by Brett Hundley. Green Bay is 5-6 this season and wins against Tampa Bay and Cleveland next weekend could clear the way for Rodgers to return Dec. 17 at Carolina.

The Packers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field Sunday at noon.

Rodgers broke his collarbone during an Oct. 15 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He had surgery a few days later.

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