The Green Bay Packers have been reluctant to bring back Aaron Rodgers, not wanting to risk their future on just one season. However, ESPN reported on Dec. 26 that Rodgers will finally make his return from injury for the season finale with the playoffs on the line.
Sitting just a half game behind the Chicago Bears, and with the Detroit Lions playoff hopes crushed after dropping three straight games, all that Green Bay needs to do is win this game to make it to the postseason as the NFC North champions.
Last time the teams met, Aaron Rodgers started the game but broke his left collarbone on the first series of the game when Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacked him. Rodgers was replaced in that game by Seneca Wallace and Green Bay lost 27-20.
Wallace quickly lost his starting job to Scott Tolzien and then Matt Flynn returned to the team and led them to a 2-2-1 record in his five starts. That was enough to keep them in the playoff race, but after a discouraging loss last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Packers know they need their leader back on the field if they want to squeak their way into the playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers has now missed seven games with his broken collarbone and has been practicing in a limited fashion over the past few weeks. This was the first week that Rodgers has been medically cleared and Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said they he is excited and feels good to have Rodgers back.