Packers Personnel Notebook at Bye

Aaron Rodgers, a three-time winner for FedEx Air award, is nominated again ... plus updates on 11 other players.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers goes into the bye as perhaps the leading candidate to win league MVP honors this season. Rodgers is a runaway leader among quarterbacks with a passer rating of 125.7, nearly 21 points ahead of second-place Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Rodgers also is the league leader for touchdown passes (20) and completion percentage (71.5). He ranks second with 2,372 passing yards, behind the 2,477 thrown by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

Rodgers, meantime, is a candidate to be the FedEx Air Player of the Week. Rodgers has won the award the last three weeks. To vote, go to NFL.com/FedEx.

WR Greg Jennings, who sustained a bruised right hand in the Packers' 33-27 win at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, is expected to be fine come next week and be ready for the Nov. 6 game at the San Diego Chargers. With Green Bay on its bye, the players are off through Sunday. Jennings suffered the injury early in the game but was able to finish it and had a game-high seven catches for 147 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown. He is tied for third in the league with five TD receptions and ranks fifth with 677 receiving yards.

CB Sam Shields was cleared Monday by the team's medical staff to resume football activities. Shields was expected to be ready to return to the field early next week after the bye. The nickel back missed Sunday's game because of a concussion he sustained in the Oct. 16 win over the St. Louis Rams.

LG T.J. Lang received and accepted an apology via Twitter from Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on Monday. Robison drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty after a 39-yard field goal by Green Bay's Mason Crosby in the second quarter by kicking Lang's midsection as Lang stood over a prone Robison near the line of scrimmage.

LT Chad Clifton is said to be making progress in his recovery from a partial tear of his right hamstring, an injury that has kept him out of the last two games. However, it's unclear how soon the 35-year-old Clifton could return to action, if at all the rest of the season.

DE Mike Neal is said to be progressing in his recovery from Sept. 13 surgery for cartilage damage in his left knee. The second-year player has been sidelined since he suffered the injury in a non-contact drill during training camp. His return this season is up in the air.

OLB Frank Zombo will be looking after the bye week to get the green light from the medical staff to return to the field. Zombo suffered a hyperextended knee in the Oct. 16 game, which was his first and only action in the regular season after he had been out because of a broken shoulder blade.

K Mason Crosby is one of only five kickers who have attempted at least 10 field goals this season and made all of them. Crosby is 14-of-14, tying Josh Scobee of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the most makes among those who are at 100 percent for accuracy. Crosby set two team records in Sunday's game - extending his streak of made field goals in the regular season to 21, dating to last December, and connecting on a 58-yard field goal in the Metrodome to break the previous long of 56 yards he attained on two occasions.

WR Donald Driver was back in the starting lineup Sunday after Jordy Nelson had the nod with Jennings in the previous game. Driver continues to have reduced playing time, and his production has consequently plummeted. He had only one catch for 6 yards against the Vikings and has all of 13 receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns this season.

TE Jermichael Finley had just two receptions for 13 yards Sunday but caught a touchdown pass (of two yards) for the first time since he had a career-high three in the Sept. 25 win at the Chicago Bears. After having a season-high seven catches for 85 yards in that Week 3 game, Finley has only 10 receptions for 128 yards and the one TD in the last four outings.

RB James Starks had one of his more productive games this season Sunday with 13 carries for 75 yards, buoyed by a clutch effort of six straight rushes that generated 55 yards and helped the Packers run out the clock the last 2 1/2 minutes to hold on for the win. Starks is averaging nearly 13 carries for 56.8 yards the last four games after he had a season-worst five yards in 11 carries in the game at Chicago.

RB Ryan Grant remains in a rut running the football as the starter in the two-back rotation with Starks. Grant had only 29 yards in nine carries Sunday. Since returning from a one-game absence because of a bruised kidney, Grant has run for a total of just 72 yards in 25 carries the last three games.



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