Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn't played since Week 8, when Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin broke his left collarbone. Although Rodgers has practiced the past few weeks, he has yet to be cleared medically to return to action.
He took first-team reps in practice today and the team officially announced that Rodgers will start for Sunday's contest against the Bears.
"We're preparing for the Chicago Bears with Aaron Rodgers as our starting quarterback," McCarthy said after practice today. "We feel it's time and that Aaron is ready to play. He's been throwing the ball really well for about three weeks."
Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn have filled in for Rodgers the past seven-plus contests, with the Packers scraping together a 2-5-1 record during that span. Yet with the recent free fall of the Detroit Lions, and the Bears' embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Green Bay will now square off against Chicago with the NFC North title, and a trip to the playoffs, on the line.
So Rodgers, who is 8-1 in his career against Jay Cutler, couldn't be returning at a better time for the Packers.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.