Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to Start Against Chicago Bears

mccarthy announced return of rodgers

With the NFC North title on the line in a contest against the Chicago Bears, injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced the news Thursday, ending a decidedly long break in the action for #12.

The Green Bay Packers Twitter page featured this updated status report, "Practice participation: Rodgers full; Neal, Perry, Pickett, Quarless limited; B. Jones, Lacy, Taylor DNP; Matthews out.  That's all."

Rodgers has been sidelined since he suffered a broken collarbone during the first play of the Nov. 4 game against the Chicago Bears, resulting in a loss.

After the team's most valuable player participated in his first full practice in nearly two months, McCarthy said this morning, "We're preparing for the Chicago Bears with Aaron Rodgers as our starting quarterback.  Our goal coming into this week was to have this announcement Tuesday for our team meeting, but that did not happen."

"All the evaluation and communication was not concluded at that point.  So, we waited to tell the team until today.  We felt, obviously, that the first people who needed to know about it was our football team."

He added, "We were holding him out of the game, and that's tough.  That's a tough thing to go through, especially at this extend.  Especially with Aaron Rodgers, we're talking about the best player in football.  Yeah, I feel good about it."

Rodgers responded, "I'm feeling better and not thinking about my injury at all. It is exciting to be back after a long layoff and a tough period.  It's exciting to be back in the mix with the guys."

With the NFC North title on the line, Sunday's contest at Soldier Field will air at 3:25 p.m. Central on Fox network.  Green Bay is 7-7-1 vs Chicago 8-7.  Without Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers were 2-5-1.

Check out McCarthy's announcement video here.

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