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Rodgers says he has screws in collarbone

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts during a time out against the Minnesota Vikings Oct. 15 at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Jim Matthews/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)

The Sports Xchange

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had screws inserted in his fractured right collarbone during surgery last week.

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. The 33-year-old Rodgers was injured during the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 15.

Wearing a sling on his right arm, Rodgers told O’Brien of the events that led to him having his season put in jeopardy.

“I rolled out to my right, I threw the ball, and I got tackled and kind of slammed on the ground,” Rodgers said. “But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.”

When ESPN reached him via text message on Thursday, Rodgers did not divulge the exact number of screws that were surgically inserted into the collarbone.

“It’s TV,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth.”

Rodgers, who was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20, has another four weeks before he can practice and isn’t eligible to play in a game until Dec. 17 at Carolina.

Rodgers previously broke his left non-throwing collarbone in Week 9 in 2013, remaining on the roster and returning after seven weeks. He did not undergo surgery after that injury and returned for the regular-season finale as the Packers won at Chicago to capture the NFC North and a playoff spot.

This season, Rodgers has completed 128 of 193 passes (66.3 percent) for 1,385 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He was the NFL’s MVP in 2011 and 2014, and he led the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV title after the 2010 season.