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If Aaron Rodgers, right, comes back to play for the Packers this season, it's a minor miracle.
If Aaron Rodgers, right, comes back to play for the Packers this season, it's a minor miracle. (Photo: Jim Biever / Green Bay Packers)

Sanity required when discussing Rodgers' injury

It was halftime at Lambeau Field, and the Green Bay Packers trailed the Minnesota Vikings, 10-7. I ran into a team staffer at the coffee station, and he kind of smiled and said something to the effect of it it’s been a weird season, but if you’re around long enough, you see everything.

Little did he – or anyone – know that the Packers would play their fourth quarterback of the season just seven minutes into the third quarter and we would see a fourth quarter comeback end in a tie, the first for the Packers in 26 years.

We can kind of say we’ve seen everything now, can’t we?

Well, almost.

If Aaron Rodgers plays at all this season, you could put that in the "weird and wild" category of this Packers season.

People have been pining for his return essentially since he ran out of the tunnel after breaking his collarbone against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Right now there’s a fever pitch that he should play on Thursday against the Detroit Lions with the NFC North hanging in the balance.

I’ll be honest – if Rodgers plays at all this season I’ll say I’ve seen everything. Football players just don’t come back from broken collarbones in the same season they broke it.

Let’s just look at recent history:

  • 2012 – Joel Stave (University of Wisconsin) broke his left collarbone on Oct. 27 – the Badgers’ ninth game – and was immediately ruled out for the year. He did play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

  • 2011 – Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders) broke his right collarbone on Oct. 16 in the sixth game of the year. He was immediately ruled out for the year.

  • 2010 – Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) broke his left clavicle on Oct. 24 in the sixth game of the season. It was initially reported it was a 6-10 week injury. He didn’t play again until the next year.

But, there is reason to hold on to a string of hope as we enter the third week after Rodgers got hurt (yes, today is just the 21st day since that Monday night game): Duke University quarterbac…

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Bucks center Larry Sanders apologized to Milwaukee for his involvement in an incident last weekend.
Bucks center Larry Sanders apologized to Milwaukee for his involvement in an incident last weekend.

Larry Sanders apologizes

On Friday, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders issued a statement regarding an incident he was involved in last Saturday night.

There were no charges filed in that incident, reported to have occurred at Apartment 720, 720 N. Milwaukee St., following the Bucks' home opener against Toronto.

"I want to start by saying I put myself in a bad situation over the weekend. didn't make the best decisions down the stretch," Sanders began.

"I'd like to apologize to my fans here, Sen. Kohl – who I will talk to directly. I've talked to the team and I apologized to them, just for shedding negative light on our team, on our organization.

"It's not what were about at all. It's not who we are, it's not what we stand for.

"I offer my apologies to everyone, especially the fans. I know they put a lot on me, they count on me a lot, and for everyone I let down, I'm going to get better. I'm going to be better. I'm going to get better at this on and off the court.

"I'm going to come back better.

"I just thank everyone for their concerns and being patient."

Former Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Michael Redd collects his thoughts as he announced his retirment on Nov. 6, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Former Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Michael Redd collects his thoughts as he announced his retirment on Nov. 6, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Photo: David Bernacchi)
Michael Redd thanked the fans of Milwaukee for their support and said he'd be a "Buck for life."
Michael Redd thanked the fans of Milwaukee for their support and said he'd be a "Buck for life." (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Redd makes it official and retires from NBA

Looking like he could still dot an opponent’s eye with that smooth jump shot so many in Milwaukee came to love, Michael Redd formally announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday night prior to the Bucks game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The 34-year-old shooting guard said he fielded a few offers to play this season, despite the fact that his last game action came on April 25, 2012, but said it was time to stay home with his family.

"I love the game, but I just didn’t have the push to go play anymore," he said.

Redd’s career – let alone the fact that he is the Bucks’ fourth all-time leading scorer or won an Olympic gold medal for Team USA – is remarkable. It’s not often that second round picks even make a roster, let alone become an All-Star. It’s why that draft night in 2000 remains his career highlight.

"I mean, being drafted into the NBA is a big deal," he said. "I never took that for granted."

But what of the franchise record 57 points against Utah in November, 2006? Redd admitted that was special, but he’s never forgotten that the team lost that night.

He insists that he has no regrets, and that his faith has prevented him from wondering what his career could have been like if his knees didn’t start failing in his late 20s.

"It just happened," he said of the injuries. "I just accepted it and moved on with my life."

Redd is aware, however, that is he is the only member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that is out of the NBA. And, he credited Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose for sitting out all of last season to rehab from his torn anterior cruciate ligament because that was something he couldn’t bring himself to do at the end of his tenure Milwaukee when he played in just 61 games over his last three seasons.

But, he insists there are no regrets.

"I’m not bitter from the injury," he said. "It happens. But I was blessed to last as long as I did. It was great."

Redd said he spoke with Bucks …

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