Is Aaron Rodgers at a High Risk of Another Collarbone Fracture?July 18, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
2017 didn’t exactly go as planned for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. What was supposed to be a promising season ended with three losses and a 7-9 record. Rodgers played in just seven games after breaking his collarbone in Week 6. He briefly returned in week 15 but was shut down when the team was eliminated from the playoffs.
Now with the offseason for his collarbone to fully recover, the biggest question in Green Bay is the health of their QB going forward. Collarbone fractures typically heal enough in around 8 weeks for a player to return to the field, but the bone isn’t yet fully healed. That takes months and months. Just look at Tony Romo in 2015. He initially broke his collarbone in September, returned two months later and didn’t make it through his second game. Romo re-fractured the bone and had surgery, ending his season. The Packers shut down Rodgers before that re-injury could possibly happen. He reportedly had a “setback” during the one game he played, but it was likely more getting banged up than anything. Rodgers took some big hits and threw three interceptions in a very poor performance.
The good news is that Rodgers has now had enough time for his injury to heal and should be close to 100% at the start of training camp. When healthy he is an elite QB, and there’s no reason to believe at this point that he can’t return as a top fantasy option in 2018. Draft Rodgers with confidence this season. He should be back in the MVP conversation in no time.