Packers QB Rodgers says cleared to return from injury
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[December 13, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - The
uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers would be ready to return this week was resolved on Thursday
when Rodgers announced on Instagram that he was medically cleared to
That presumably means that Rodgers, sidelined the past two months
due to a broken right collarbone, will play Sunday in a pivotal game
against the Carolina Panthers.
Following a day of consultation with a medical team led by Pat
McKenzie, the team physician, Rodgers posted a message on his
"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say
I've been medically cleared to return. Thanks for all the love,
support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks (heart) and
a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff.
#riseagain," he said.
Rodgers sustained the injury in Week Six against the Minnesota
Vikings, when he was tackled by linebacker Anthony Barr. It was the
second time in five years that Rodgers broke his collarbone.
Green Bay put him on injured reserve, hoping he could return in Week
15. Last week it became apparent Rodgers might return this week,
although there was some concern early this week that Rodgers might
not be cleared.
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) plays with a football prior
to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory
Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Packers went 3-4 in Rodgers' absence with Brett Hundley serving
as the quarterback.
Green Bay is still in the playoff hunt with a 7-6 record, but
Rodgers will not have an easy task as his first two games will be at
Carolina (9-4) and home against the Minnesota Vikings (10-3).
The Packers, who might need to win their remaining three games to
make the postseason, finish at Detroit (7-6).
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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