Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Saturday

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice Saturday for the first time since suffering a collarbone injury in week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Networks Ian Rapoport reported Saturday

Rodgers practiced today, source said, he’s officially designed as a player to return off IR. This is the next step of the process. Rodgers still isn’t cleared and won’t even be scanned until after the Browns game Sunday.

Rapoport went on to explain that it’s still a long road ahead — and Rodgers return will also depend if the Packers are still in the playoff hunt.

Many factors will go into him actually playing — including the scan, the teams standing. Today, he practiced a little and obviously not with the first-team. It merely means he hasn’t had any setbacks. He’s on schedule.

The Green Bay Packers are currently in third place in the NFC North, trailing both the Detroit Lions and first-place Minnesota Vikings. A Wild-Card spot is the only chance Green Bay has at a playoff spot — but even that is a long shot.

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