Aaron Rodgers no lock to return

Aaron Rodgers isn't a lock to return to the Packers' lineup this season from the collarbone injury he suffered five weeks ago. Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers is no guarantee to return to the Green Bay Packers' lineup this season, let alone this week, even though the All-Pro quarterback has strongly stated otherwise.

Five weeks removed from cracking his left collarbone, Rodgers will be re-examined this week and league sources tell ESPN that it will take a strong consensus from doctors and the team's hierarchy to return him to the playing field next Sunday against the Falcons.

The Packers are 0-4-1 in games Rodgers did not start and finish and they no longer control their playoff destiny.

Even though Rodgers has reinforced his determination to return, sources say doctors prefer a conservative approach and other Packers decision-makers are conflicted, especially without a lot of confidence the team is in position to make a Super Bowl run.

Responding to reports of his uncertain status, Rodgers told ESPN Milwaukee: "I don't plan on playing 'til I'm 30." Rodgers' 30th birthday is Monday.

He will still be 30 next September.