News

Packers’ Rodgers cleared to play against Bears

Packers’ Rodgers cleared to play against Bears

READY TO PLAY: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes in the 1st quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Photo: Reuters/Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Standout quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return from injury to start for Green Bay in Sunday’s crucial National Football League game against the Chicago Bears, the Packers said on Thursday.

“He’s just relieved to play. He just wants to focus on football,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday.

The winner of Sunday’s game at Chicago will win the NFC North title and qualify for the playoffs.

“I know they’re excited about my return,” Rodgers said of his team-mates. “(But) my coming back doesn’t alleviate any of the pressure on the guys.”

Rodgers has missed the past seven games with a broken left collarbone. He has been chomping at the bit to return to action the past few weeks, and the Packers’ medical staff has finally given him the green light.

“Every football player that plays Sunday will have risk,” McCarthy said. “We all understand that. We’ve done our due diligence, gone through all the evaluations and we feel Aaron is ready to play.

“Aaron has accepted the level of risk.”

McCarthy said it has been a stressful period for the 2011 Super Bowl most valuable player but now Rodgers was ready to play.

“He’s throwing the ball very well going on three weeks, getting ready for this moment, and the moment’s here,” the coach said.

The Packers (7-7-1) have struggled without Rodgers – going 2-4-1 in his absence – but remain in playoff contention in the weak NFC North, which the Bears lead with an 8-7 record.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Human Trafficking Bills Have Congressional Support

Kristi Noem

Several bills have been passed in the U.S. House to address human trafficking.

in Local

Iowa Unemployment Drops

employment help wanted

The state unemployment rate in Iowa dropped in December, and a spokesperson for Iowa Workforce Development says the state is getting close to "full employment."

in Local

Bill Seeks To Prevent Wage Theft

Iowa state capital

Four Iowans who say they've been the victims of wage theft testified at the statehouse Tuesday, part of an effort by Senate Democrats to build support for a bill that would require businesses to provide employees with a written record of how they're to be paid.

in Local

Nebraska Concerned About Possible Measles Outbreak

Medical Stethoscope

Nebraska health officials express concern that a measles outbrak that began in Disneyland could spread throughout the country.

in Local

Resolution Would Demand End To US Department Of Education

state capitol pierre

The South Dakota House debated a resolution yesterday calling for the abolition of the US Department of Education.