The Green Bay Packers saw their Super Bowl dreams go up in a cloud of smoke last week when Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on his throwing shoulder against the Vikings, a play that Packers coach Mike McCarthy openly ripped. But there is some newfound optimism in Green Bay on Sunday, with a report stating that Rodgers could be back before the regular season ends.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Packers doctors have informed Rodgers and the team they believe the former MVP "will be able to resume throwing in six weeks, giving him a chance to return near the end of the regular season."

But there's a caveat to this too. The Packers have to be in a race for the playoffs for Rodgers to actually return.

Essentially Green Bay and Rodgers would be willing to aggressively push the timeline for bringing Rodgers back off IR if there was a chance he could return and help the Packers secure a playoff spot. If Green Bay goes on a bad losing streak, or falls too far behind the crowd in the NFC playoff race, Green Bay will just shut him down for the year and let him make a standard recovery this offseason.

No pressure, Brett Hundley.