Packers quaterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles during the fourth quarter of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
For nearly two months, it seemed everyone and their mother had an opinion on whether Aaron Rodgers should be playing through a fractured left collarbone.
In his small, weekly checkups with team doctor Patrick McKenzie, the Green Bay Packers' quarterback understood what was at stake. The scans showed progress, but simply not enough.
It wasn't just a possible displaced fractured that was on the table. A re-injury could require a five-month recovery that could bleed into individual player workouts and organized team activities. McKenzie talked to him about injections he'd need and the ...