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Packers hope to make quick call on quarterback Aaron Rodgers
When the Green Bay Packers take the field for practice on Thursday, they will know whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to start Sunday’s NFC North showdown at the Chicago Bears.
The Associated Press
GREEN BAY, Wis. – When the Green Bay Packers take the field for practice on Thursday, they will know whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to start Sunday’s NFC North showdown at the Chicago Bears.
There was no word Tuesday on the most scrutinized collarbone in Wisconsin. The team is hoping to make a call early this week.
“We’ve done a scan and we’re going through the process of evaluation,” Rodgers said on his weekly ESPN radio show. “Probably not what everybody wants to hear, but I can say definitively (on) Thursday — one way or another — it will be a definitive conclusion to this week’s unknown. We wanted to give everybody a rest for Christmas, be able to enjoy their Christmas.”
Rodgers broke his left collarbone Nov. 4 against the Bears and has missed the last seven games. He started practicing on a limited basis four weeks ago and has been pain-free for about two weeks. He had hoped to get medical clearance for each of the past two games.
The Packers are 2-5-1 since Rodgers’ injury, which occurred on the opening series of their 27-20 loss to the Bears. If Rodgers is unable to go, ex-Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn would start his fifth straight game.
The winner of Sunday’s game at Soldier Field gets the division title and the loser will not be in the playoffs.
Rodgers wouldn’t reveal the results of his scan but seemed upbeat during the 45-minute show.
“I’m feeling better and not thinking about my injury at all,” he said. “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?”
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the team wanted to make a decision on Rodgers’ status early in the week and let teammates know the plan. Until now, the Packers have not announced their decision on Rodgers’ status each week until Friday, when he has been ruled out.
“I think No. 1 for the football team and also Aaron Rodgers, I think it’s important for us to make a quicker decision,” McCarthy said. “This has obviously been frustrating and stressful for Aaron, rightfully so, but also our football (team). I want them to know who the quarterback’s going to be.”
Rodgers has thrown for 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. The 2011 NFL most valuable player has completed 66.9 percent of his passes.
Texans’ Watt mulls plastic surgery
HOUSTON – J.J. Watt’s penchant for violent collisions left a deep gash on the bridge of his nose that required six stitches in Week 4. Each time he has played since, the wound has been reopened, resulting in a permanent — and ugly — mark on the Houston star’s face.
Now that the season is winding down, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year tells The Associated Press he will look into having plastic surgery to repair the injury. He is considering the procedure mostly at the prodding of his mother.
“She hates it,” Watt said.
The injury has left an obvious indentation and bright red mark across the top of his nose. When it first happened, he was seen on the sideline with blood gushing from the gash and down both sides of his face.
Watt said he got it stitched back up in the two games after the initial injury. But that didn’t stop it from breaking open and bleeding every time he played, so he finally gave up and stopped having it repaired game after game.
• Quarterback Terrelle Pryor backed off comments his agent made accusing the Oakland Raiders of putting him in a position to fail by putting him back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against Denver.
Agent Jerome Stanley told CSN Bay Area on Monday night he believed coach Dennis Allen hopes Pryor struggles as starter on Sunday to justify the decision to play Matt McGloin the past five weeks — even after Pryor recovered from a sprained knee.