Aaron Rodgers Tells “Conan” on TBS He Needed 13 Screws to Repair Collarbone

Aaron Rodgers still isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to return to play this season, but the Packers quarterback confirmed that he had screws inserted in his fractured right collarbone during surgery Oct. 19 in Southern California, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.

In a taped appearance on TBS’ “Conan” that airs Thursday, Rodgers told host Conan O’Brien that doctors used “13 screws” to repair his collarbone, which he injured during the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 15.

Wearing a sling on his right (throwing) arm and with a bandage showing beneath his black shirt, Rodgers told O’Brien: “I rolled out to my right, I threw the ball, and I got tackled and kind of slammed on the ground. But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.”

Reached via text message Thursday morning, Rodgers wouldn’t say exactly how many screws were surgically inserted into the collarbone, joking, “It’s TV. Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth.”

Rodgers, who has been staying in the Los Angeles area convalescing following surgery, said he’s “reading ‘Into the Wild’ with my feet in the sand at the beach, recovering.” He said he’ll return to Green Bay on Monday, a day before his teammates return to practice on Tuesday.


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