Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers: He is ‘making really good progress’

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Former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers has missed the past three games after suffering a broken collarbone during a Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. While Rodgers is on injured reserve and there’s no way to tell whether he’ll be back this season, head coach Mike McCarthy seems optimistic.

“Making really good progress,” McCarthy said about his quarterback, via ESPN’s┬áRob Demovsky. “I know the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He’s moving right along.”

Rodgers was seen working on the side in practice on Wednesday, which is a very good early indication that he might very well be able to return when first eligible. That would come Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers.

Outside of Rodgers’ rehab, the Packers’ willingness to bring him back this season is dependent on the team actually being in contention when he’s eligible to come off IR.

With a 5-4 record, Green Bay is two games behind Minnesota in the NFC North and one game out of the final wildcard spot in the conference.

With three games against losing teams in the next four weeks, that is a distinct possibility. Though, it would also require Brett Hundley to perform like we saw in last week’s win over Chicago.