Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to start against the Chicago Bears this coming Sunday.
Just yesterday coach Mike McCarthy announced during a team meeting that Rodgers would return for this very important game, which will determine the NFC North champion.
McCarthy’s announcement ended weeks of speculation about whether the 30 year-old would return at all after breaking his collarbone Nov. 4 in this season’s first meeting with Chicago.
“Every football player that plays in this game Sunday will have risk. I think we all understand that,” McCarthy said. “So we’ve done our due diligence, we’ve gone through all the evaluations, and we feel it is time. Aaron is ready to play.”
The 3x Pro Bowler returned to practice a month ago on a limited basis while waiting for clearance from team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie. The Packers’ coach refused discuss the process the team went through this week.
“I don’t really want to get in to all of that,” McCarthy said. “Frankly, there was a lot of discussion. I think anybody that knows our history, the people involved in those discussions, clearly understands that it was going to be talked about it, talked about again, talked about it over again, and so forth. That’s why we’ve taken the time to get to this decision.”
Rodgers was a full participant in practice yesterday for the first time since he broke his left collarbone on the opening series of the 27-20 defeat versus Chicago in November.
Even while going 2-4-1 in the seven games that the former league MVP was sidelined, Green Bay (7-7-1) can win the NFC North by beating the Bears (8-7) on Sunday.