Packers: Rodgers Returns

Senior writer jclombardi reviews QB Rodgers return for Giants game.

Rodgers cleared to practice again: The Green Bay Packers medical staff has cleared quarterback Aaron Rodgers to return to the practice field, and possibly to play Sunday against the New York Giants, after he sat out for a week with a concussion, according to a report. said a text message from Rodgers on Tuesday revealed the news. “I’ve been cleared,” Rodgers is quoted as texting. Then the website said he added, after a pause, “It’s not that big of a story. Is it?” It is for the 8-6 Packers fighting to get in to the playoffs. Rodgers missed his first start after 46 straight (including a playoff game) on Sunday against New England.

Rodgers back in the game: QB Rodgers says he’ll be back in the lineup for the Green Bay Packers’ must-win game Sunday against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. Rodgers, who missed last week’s 31-27 loss at New England with a concussion, let his status be known Tuesday in a text message to “I’m baaaaaaacckkkk,” it read. That means Rodgers has been cleared to play by both Dr. John Gray, the Packers’ team physician, and an independent neurologist. Rodgers was hoping to get that clearance last week after suffering his second concussion in a span of 64 days during a 7-3 loss Dec. 12 at Detroit. Rodgers, whose consecutive starts streak of 46 games counting the postseason was snapped, was replaced in the lineup by Matt Flynn. The third-year backup completed 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards with three touchdowns and an interception against the Patriots in his first career start. The Packers (8-6) trail the Giants (9-5) for the second and final playoff berth in the race for an NFC wild card bid. However, victories in its final two games — the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field in the regular-season finale on Jan. 2 — would send Green Bay to the postseason for the second consecutive season.

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