STATE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Rodgers admits he wasn't even close to returning last week
Aaron Rodgers now admits that he was not even close to returning last week, after he experienced pain near his broken left collarbone after only a modest workout. On his weekly E-S-P-N-Milwaukee radio show yesterday, the Packers' quarterback said he shouldn't be having pain taking a simple snap or handing off -- and he did. Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that Rodgers would work out yesterday. He said he lifted weights for the strength-and-conditioning staff, but that was about it. It's been 31 days since his injury, which experts say takes 4-to-8 weeks to heal. Rodgers says it's all a waiting game right now. He expects to have another scan to see how his collarbone's doing -- but McCarthy has said that Matt Flynn will prepare to be the starter again on Sunday, when the Packers play at Dallas. They'll start practicing for that contest today. Rodgers says he has not thought about the possibility of being out for the rest of the season. For now, he says he's taking things day-to-day.
The Packers have activated rookie offensive lineman J-C Tretter from the team's physically-unable-to-perform list. To make room, the Packers placed rookie receive Myles White on injured list -- even though the team has never disclosed an injury to him. Tretter has been practicing at center for almost three weeks, and the Packers had to decide by yesterday whether to activate him, place him on injured reserve, or cut him. Tretter, a fourth-round draft pick in April, missed the start of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments. He could end up being insurance for center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who's had ankle and knee injuries the past few weeks. If Tretter can play center, guard T-J Lang would not have to fill in at center like he's doing a couple times after Dietrich-Smith left games.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon says he'll seek advice from the N-F-L Draft's advisory board on whether it would be worth it to turn pro next year. The red-shirt sophomore from Kenosha Bradford has rushed for 14-hundred-66 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Gordon said there are things he needs to work on -- like his receiving and blocking skills. He said he knows he can perform them, but he has not had much of a chance to do that with the Badgers. Coach Gary Andersen said it would be in Gordon's best interest to return to the U-W next year, and perhaps make a run for the Heisman Trophy before he leaves. Andersen said Gordon is a young player, and there's a chance he could finish his schooling next year if he moves quickly through the process. Gordon said that for now, he'd return to the Badgers if the N-F-L advisory process shows that he would be a third-round draft pick or lower next spring. Andersen said Gordon is the only Badger going through the Draft advisory board. Gordon has until January 15th to make a decision. He says he won't decide anything until after the Badgers' Capital One Bowl game against South Carolina on New Year's Day.