Aaron Rodgers should be pretty much up to speed in return

Aaron Rodgers should be pretty much up to speed in return

With their playoff hopes in the balance, Aaron Rodgers is returning to the football field.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared after breaking his collarbone in Week 6.

Rodgers announced the news via Instagram, noting that "it's been a long road from" surgery until today but he is "happy to say I've been medically cleared to return". It won't be easy, however, as the Packers have a tricky schedule down the stretch: at current No. 5 seed Carolina, home against Minnesota and then at Detroit in a Week 17 game that could possibly be for that final playoff berth. It will be Rodgers' first game since Week 6 at Minnesota on October 15.

From the first time he was seen doing some drills off to the side a month ago to his first public throwing session before the November 26 game in Pittsburgh to running the scout team in practice last week, Rodgers has impressed his coaches and teammates along the way. They'd have to win out and get some help from those above them in the standings. Watching him in practice and what he's been able to do these past couple weeks, getting more and more reps in practice and throwing on the pads, I think it's a good sign.

Rodgers' injury was not to his actual shoulder joint, but to the collarbone. He's been working out with the team for the past two weeks.

With the postseason still within reach, the Green Bay Packers can have their All-Pro passer back.

One of the NFL's best players is back in action. The likely need to win all three to stay in the playoff hunt.