Mike McCarthy gives a statement on Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to start against the Carolina Panthers. He broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15.

Reports have indicated that Rodgers himself has really been pushing to come back and play. There are some who say he’s taking an unnecessary risk by rushing back. On Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy weighed in.

“Aaron’s super, super competitive,” McCarthy said, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “But, at the end of the day, he’s been around the block a few times. He has played through injuries time and time again. But every injury’s different. This is obviously probably the biggest one that we’ve had to deal with. They laid out the gauntlet of what needed to be done. He ran through it.”

It’s clear that they’re putting a lot of this on Rodgers. He believes he can play and they’re going to let him play.

“Obviously, has a very close relationship with Dr. Pat McKenzie and they had a conversation there and then a decision was made,” McCarthy said. “I think we can all trust, and I know speaking on behalf of Aaron, and he can speak for himself, but you have to trust the process that’s in place here. You have to trust the people, the expertise, the care and we all understand the importance of every play coming back in this situation, especially Aaron’s specific injury. We went through that process and this is where we are today.”

Will it be hard to get the Pro Bowl quarterback up to speed in time for Carolina?

“We’ll extend the individual time today,” McCarthy said. “But he’s been throwing. He’s got what, four practices under his belt. So, but, yeah he’s been preparing for this Wednesday meeting for quite some time, this Wednesday practice for, you know, for a week now. I think it’s obvious. He’s human. He hasn’t played football in quite some time. So we’re going to work on the specifics starting today in the classroom and the preparation phase of it and get on the practice field this afternoon.”

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