Aaron Rodgers Cleared to Play Against Giants
Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee reports that Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to resume practice this week, nine days after suffering his second concussion in a ten week period. Rodgers didn’t mince words when he informed Wilde of his return via text message.
“I’m baaaaaaacckkkk,” wrote Rodgers.
The team’s medical staff did not clear Rodgers in time to face the New England Patriots last Sunday, and head coach Mike McCarthy was forced to turn to his unproven, backup quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn’s inspired performance led the offense to one of its most balanced attacks of the season; unfortunately, Flynn’s magic ran out and his fourth quarter comeback was sacked short of the endzone. With Aaron Rodgers back under center, however, the Packers hope to finish off what they could not in Foxboro and close out the remaining two games of the season with wins.
In order to reach the playoffs, the Packers must defeat both the Giants (9-5) and Bears (10-4). As Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV writes, Mike McCarthy will have to replicate the “run-heavy gameplan” he orchestrated against the Patriots in order to properly protect Rodgers in the final two regular season games. A consistent rushing attack combined with a friendly home crowd should provide Rodgers with all the tools he needs to lead his team to the postseason promise land.