Aaron Rodgers has traded in shoulder pads for shoulder slings since breaking his collarbone a few weeks back.
The Packers quarterback will make his first public appearance Thursday night in a pre-taped segment on Conan, the TBS late-night talk show, since undergoing surgery on his (likely) season-ending injury.
In a clip released ahead of the "Clueless Gamer" segment, Rodgers, in a sling, told host Conan O'Brien that he has "13 screws" in his collarbone.
However, Rodgers wouldn't confirm to ESPN's Jason Wilde exactly how many screws are in his collarbone, telling Wilde, "It's TV. Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth."
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the number of screws plus the potential existence of a "longer plate," as described by sports doctor David J. Chao, is further evidence that Rodgers will not return this season.
On injured reserve, Rodgers will have a lot of free time this year. Hopefully, more media appearances are in order, screws permitting.
Here are the other injuries worth monitoring ahead of Week 8:
Meanwhile, quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) and wideout Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced fully after being limited Wednesday; running back Jonathan Stewart (toe) was limited; and center Ryan Kalil (neck) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) both missed practice.
- Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (rib) was limited again in practice, and coach Jay Gruden hopes he'll be cleared to fully practice this week. "I don't see any problems or reason why I can't play]," [Norman told reporters. Offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee) didn't practice and linebackers Preston Smith (groin) Mason Foster (shoulder) were each limited.
- Stefon Diggs is on the path to recovery. The Minnesota Vikings wideout was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Diggs has missed the past two games with a groin injury. Tackle Riley Reiff (knee) also returned to practice after sitting out.
At quarterback, there is less certainty. Sam Bradford (knee) still hasn't practiced. Case Keenum (chest) fully practiced after missing Wednesday's practice. According to Mike Zimmer, Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has "done quite a bit" in practice and "looks good," per The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Myles Garrett will not join his team in London this weekend, the team announced. The Cleveland Browns rookie remains in the concussion protocol after reporting to the team facility Tuesday with such symptoms.
- Paxton is back in action. Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder) is participating in practice on Thursday, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. The injured QB's first day back was Wednesday; he is not expected to be involved in many reps. Offensive tackle Menelik Watson (calf), wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) and tight end A.J. Derby (shoulder) were each limited.
- Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring), guard Richie Incognito (ankle) and safety Jordan Poyer (knee) all missed practice for the second consecutive day.
- Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu (hand) was limited for the second straight day. Grasu hasn't played since Week 3. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) was a full participant after missing practice Wednesday.
- Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (back/hip) returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday, while defensive tackle Maliek Collins was added to the injury report with a foot injury.
- Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse (foot) and running back Charcandrick West each practiced fully and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) was limited.