The Green Bay Packers will know on Thursday whether or not Aaron Rodgers will play in their season-defining clash with the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
The Packers game with the Bears will be for the NFC North title, believe it or not, and according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Green Bay will determine Rodgers’ status on Thursday. The Packers have Wednesday off for the holiday.
For his part, Rodgers says he’s feeling good. He said so on an ESPN Milwaukee radio show, per Demovsky:
“I’m feeling better and not thinking about my injury at all,” Rodgers said on the show. “I think ultimately it comes down to, it’s big on the medical side. Is the bone healed or is there a large risk of going back out there that’s too great, that the organization would not want to put me out there?
“Obviously I want to be out there. I know what’s at stake. This is an important week for us. We’re somehow back in this position to be able to get into the playoffs. What a better way to do that than against the Chicago Bears?”
If Rodgers comes back and the Packers can beat the Bears to get into the playoffs, there’s no doubting the fact that Green Bay would be a very tough draw. Though the offense looks nowhere near the same, Green Bay has proven that it can move the ball and put points up on the board without Rodgers.
If Matt Flynn can get it done with this offense, just imagine what a playoff bound Aaron Rodgers could do.
It will be interesting to see whether or not he gets cleared, or if the Packers once again decided to play it safe with his collarbone.