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Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb “Not Medically Cleared” to Play for the Green Bay Packers

December 9th, 2013 at 3:31 PM
By Sean Tehan

The Green Bay Packers' (6-6-1) 2013 season is still alive, as Green Bay gained one game in the NFC North standings after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on Sunday, 22-21. With the Packers itching closer to regaining a lead in an extremely tight NFC North race, fans are hoping MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is itching closer to a return to the football field.

"The plan for Aaron is he will workout tomorrow and he will be evaluated on Wednesday morning," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "The training staff will do some things tomorrow, but he is still not medically cleared."

Since Rodgers broke his collarbone in a loss against the Chicago Bears in week nine, Green Bay is 1-4-1 as quarterbacks Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn have thrown three touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

McCarthy said Rodgers "felt better last week", but the biggest obstacle for Rodgers to overcome is strength and comfort with his collarbone. McCarthy said the Packers will plan the offense with Flynn as the team's starting quarterback on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Detroit Lions currently hold a half-game lead on the Packers and Bears in the division, but a potential return for Rodgers and one of his top receiving targets by Sunday against the Cowboys could help catapult the Packers back to the top of the division with the Lions' continuous struggles. 

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who broke his fibula in the Packers' week seven win over the Baltimore Ravens, is eligible to return to the field on Sunday against the Cowboys. The Packers placed Cobb on the injured-reserve (IR) list with a designation to return and he is eligible to return against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but McCarthy said he is "not medically cleared" to return to practice yet.

Before breaking his fibula, Cobb caught 29 passes for 378 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Packers' first six games. Although Cobb is eligible to return on Sunday, the third-year star wideout will likely miss his eighth consecutive game.

On Monday, McCarthy confirmed that rookie running back Eddie Lacy sprained his ankle on the final play of the first half against the Falcons and the Packers will "see how the week goes" with their star runner.

Lacy missed the opening drive of the third quarter but returned to the game and played through the ankle injury. Despite the injury, Lacy recorded 90 total yards and scored one touchdown. "He is our starting running back," McCarthy said. "It's always important to have your starting running back on the field. I thought he ran hard and played very well."

In Other Injury News: Inside linebackers Brad Jones (ankle) and Jamari Lattimore (knee) are "undergoing evaluations" on their respective injuries. McCarthy said Lattimore's evaluation is "still going on" and the training staff "feels pretty good" about Jones.


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Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons, Brad Jones, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eddie Lacy, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Jamari Lattimore, Mike McCarthy, NFL, Randall Cobb

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