While initial reports had Aaron Rodgers estimated to be out for three weeks, the revelation that Rodgers has a fractured collarbone has changed that timetable.
Sources now say that the estimated timetable for Rodgers return will be 4-6 weeks:
Said on @FOXSportsLive, source pins it at roughly 4-6 weeks for Aaron Rodgers. Fourth week tricky b/c T'giving game is 3.5 wks from injury.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 6, 2013
The Packers could then expect Aaron back near the end of the season, but he will be missing for a critical amount of time as the Packers try to fight for the divisional lead in the competitive NFC North. In the meantime, the Packers next four games is manageable with the guys we have on the roster. The Eagles are a huge question mark right now, as teams (including the Eagles themselves) are still trying to figure out if Nick Foles is real. The Pack then go to New York to face the struggling Giants before heading home to face the equally struggling Vikings. The fourth game, which Rodgers would probably miss, is the big one though. The Packers take on the Lions on Thanksgiving in what should have huge implications for the Packers playoff chances.
The Falcons and Cowboys are the next two teams after the Lions, after which Aaron should return at the latest.
The only good news out of this is that the season is not lost. The Packers are hitting a softer spot in the schedule at the right time and the Pack will have to hold the fort down while Aaron heals.