Doctors told the Green Bay Packers that they believe quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to resume throwing in six weeks, giving him a chance to return near the end of the regular season, league sources told ESPN.
But for Rodgers to make it back after he suffered a broken right clavicle in last Sunday's game against the Vikings, the Packers will have to do their part. If the Packers can stay in the NFC North race or compete for a wild-card spot, the team thinks there is a chance Rodgers can rejoin them later this season. If the Packers struggle and fall out of playoff contention, there would be no reason to push Rodgers to return.
The Packers and Vikings are tied atop the NFC North with 4-2 records, with the Lions only one game behind them.
By being placed on injured reserve, Rodgers cannot be activated until the Packers play the Panthers on Dec. 17. The Packers then close out their season with back-to-back NFC North games against Minnesota on Dec. 23 and at Detroit on Dec. 31.
Rodgers missed seven weeks after breaking his left collarbone during the 2013 season, but some believe that his surgery could result in a shorter rehab.
Brett Hundley will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Saints at Lambeau Field. Hundley threw one touchdown and three interceptions in relief of Rodgers against the Vikings.