Rodgers sounds less certain about return

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not admit defeat or rule out the possibility of returning this season.

But on Tuesday during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee, he sounded more frustrated and perhaps less certain about returning from his broken collarbone in time to play this season.

He revealed that he experienced pain when he returned to practice on Wednesday and did not do much the rest of the week.

“It’s frustrating; it’s very frustrating because it’s a waiting game,” Rodgers said on the show.

It has been five weeks and one day since Rodgers was injured against the Chicago Bears. He said early in his recovery process that the normal healing time from his injury is six to eight weeks. He would not hit the beginning of that timeline until Sunday’s game at the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’m obviously trying to push it to come back before science tells you is even possible,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think you’re seeing anybody out there coming back at four or five weeks from this type of injury to do some of the things I’d like to do back on the field. It’s tough to not be out there with the guys.”

Rodgers said he did not want to think about having to sit out the rest of this season.

His situation has similarities to what defensive back Charles Woodson went through last season during his final year with the Packers. Woodson broke his collarbone in the seventh game of the regular season and was not cleared to return until the playoffs.

“I wanted to come back Week 12, 13, 14, but the scans never gave us that confidence,” Woodson said last week in an NFL Network interview. “So I didn’t come back until the playoffs.”

Woodson’s injury was believed to be more severe than Rodgers’. But like Rodgers, Woodson did not want the Packers' medical staff to shut him down for the rest of the season.

“I saw the frustration on his face every week when he wanted to be out there,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, he does a lot more tackling and hitting than I’d be doing, but it was frustrating, I know, for him to not be out there with the guys. But we had the playoffs to look forward to with him coming back.”

And that’s far from a sure thing for the Packers, who trail the NFC North co-leading Detroit Lions and Bears by one half-game with three games remaining and have won only once since Rodgers went down.

“We’re at a different place going into Week 15 than we were last year,” Rodgers said.