The Packers are targeting Week 15 at Carolina for the return of QB Aaron Rodgers, contingent on Green Bay being in playoff contention and Rodgers receiving medical clearance, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Packers activated Rodgers off injured reserve Saturday and he practiced for the first time since breaking his collarbone on Oct. 15.
Rodgers can’t play for at least two more weeks because of the injured reserve rules, which is Dec. 17 at Carolina.
If he doesn’t return vs. the Panthers, Rodgers would have to be activated the following week against the Vikings or he would not be able to play again this season.
Saturday’s practice was closed to reporters, so it’s unclear how much Rodgers did. He has, however, been throwing for at least a week; he did so publicly last Sunday in Pittsburgh for the first time since his Oct. 19 surgery. Most of Rodgers’ work for the first two weeks of practice before he can play was expected to be during the individual drills and running the scout team.
The Packers (5-6) used their second and final “designated to return” spot on Rodgers. Players who are designated to return can practice six weeks after they were placed on injured reserve and can play two weeks after that.
Rodgers said in his only extended session with reporters since his surgery that he planned to play again if his right clavicle was completely healed. The Packers, however, probably wouldn’t put Rodgers on the field unless they were competing for a playoff spot.
The Packers (5-6) would probably need to beat Tampa Bay at home Sunday and win at Cleveland the following week for that to be the case.
Information from ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky was used in this report.