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Report: Aaron Rodgers cleared to return to action

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Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return to the football field, just in time for the Packers’ biggest game of the year.

Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports that Rodgers passed all his the necessary post-concussion tests and will be on the practice field Wednesday.

“I’m baaaaaaacckkkk,” Rodgers texted to Wilde.

While coach Mike McCarthy might prefer the information remain private for another day, it doesn’t come as a great shock.   The news makes a Sunday’s Packers-Giants game even more exciting.

This is about as good as a Week 16 game can get.  The Giants are in the playoffs with a win, while the Packers can get in with two wins to close out their season.  In a year without any truly dominant NFC teams, the Giants and Packers both still have the talent and balance to make a run to the Super Bowl.

First they’ll have to win Week 16′s game of the week.

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44 Responses to “Report: Aaron Rodgers cleared to return to action”
  1. thejuddstir says: Dec 21, 2010 10:00 PM

    I’m neither a Packer fan or a packer hater but Rodgers shouldn’t be cleared to play because he is obviously not of sound mind. Anyone who suffers 2 concussions within about 4-6 wks, shouldn’t be tempting fate so soon. I really don’t think we will ever see Austin Collie play again and Rodgers is the next one playing russian roulette. The simple fact that he cannot be concerned about his own long term health is proof enough that he shouldn’t be cleared to play. It’s your cage Rodgers, if you want it rattled…..I guess they gave you the green light to do so.

  2. jimmysee says: Dec 21, 2010 10:04 PM

    Aaron can show Matt Flynn how it’s done!

  3. 4sacroc says: Dec 21, 2010 10:09 PM

    It was two concussions within 10 weeks.

  4. gergie1957 says: Dec 21, 2010 10:20 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:09 PM
    It was two concussions within 10 weeks.

    Oh! Then no worries.

  5. importantpftcomment says: Dec 21, 2010 10:20 PM

    Just how smart is this? Given his bell has been rung at least twice this year, isn’t it more likely that it will happen, especially coming back this fast? I’m sure everyone remembers the terrifying few moments that Favre lay on the fake grass and even worse when Collie lay there for an extended period of time.

    Is going to the playoffs really worth risking your franchise QB?

  6. neverend1 says: Dec 21, 2010 10:22 PM

    he suffers a second concussion in a span of a little over 2 months, cleared to play within a week? Something’s fishy

  7. tramonisland says: Dec 21, 2010 10:23 PM

    antrel rolle just vomited

  8. pervyharvin says: Dec 21, 2010 10:24 PM

    Chicago Bears. Too bad it doesn’t matter Pecker fans…Aaron Rodgers, the puss Favre never was…..

  9. deelron says: Dec 21, 2010 10:27 PM

    I’m pretty sure the Atlanta Falcons at 12-2 would qualify as rather dominant, unless of course you only consider the Patriots as the only dominant NFL team.

    Not that regular season dominance is critical anyway, ask the aforementioned Patriots how winning 18 in a row worked out.

  10. jimmysee says: Dec 21, 2010 10:31 PM

    We are truly blessed to have a great medical staff here at PFT who can make a diagnosis without even examining or talking with the patient!

  11. freedomispopular says: Dec 21, 2010 10:32 PM

    I tend to agree with the general sentiment here, but at the same time, these guys are living their dream. It’s gonna take a LOT to get them to be willing to not play.

  12. 49erman says: Dec 21, 2010 10:40 PM

    I think Austin Collie will play again, right or wrong. 3 concussions in the same year is a lot, granted, but his career is just getting started. If this type of thing happens again next year, then I believe he really would need to re-evaluate his future asa player.

  13. nickrindo says: Dec 21, 2010 10:47 PM

    Brett Favre played 297 games in a row. How many concussions do you think he played with!? I was shocked Rodgers didn’t play at New England, with the season potentially on the line. If the Giants and Bucs hadn’t choked last weekend, he’d have no reason to play at all.

  14. doe22us says: Dec 21, 2010 10:52 PM

    He is back like cooked crack…..

  15. revolution22 says: Dec 21, 2010 11:03 PM

    I smell some worry warts. While maybe legit because of our line, it’s getting better. If A-Rod can get sacked 51 freaking times last year, and he’s still alright, well…let the guy play if he feels he can.

  16. oregonbear says: Dec 21, 2010 11:23 PM

    4sacroc says: Dec 21, 2010 10:09 PM

    It was two concussions within 10 weeks.

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    Hmmm… With a good chance that his bell will get rung again in the next two games, and still miss the playoffs, is it really worth it? In my opinion they’re probably not going to make it past the first round anyway so why risk his long term health. Flynn had a good game against NE so I’d play him and save Rogers for the post season, if they make it that far.

  17. nesuperfan says: Dec 21, 2010 11:29 PM

    nickrindo says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:47 PM
    Brett Favre played 297 games in a row. How many concussions do you think he played with!? I was shocked Rodgers didn’t play at New England, with the season potentially on the line.
    ________________________________

    Nick, most of Favre’s career, it was his decision to play if he had a concussion, but that is no longer the case. The league now has very defined rules on concussions, and a player must pass a battery of neurological tests before being allowed to return. They also are tested by two doctors: One of their own (or the team) choosing and an independent doctor.

    Aaron Rogers was not cleared (not allowed) to play.

    It will be interesting to see these rules applied if they keep Brady, or some other QB, from playing in the Super Bowl.

  18. packfaninpackland says: Dec 21, 2010 11:49 PM

    Jason Wilde reported this ???

    Yeah, he said Rodgers would play last week too !

  19. johnnyballsack says: Dec 22, 2010 12:29 AM

    tramonisland says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:23 PM
    antrel rolle just vomited
    —————————————————-
    Actually vomiting is a side effect of concussions. If Rolle gets a clean hit on Rodgers, he will be vomiting plenty.

  20. bearsgoroar says: Dec 22, 2010 12:31 AM

    Giants kill QB’s. Packers have ZERO shot to win anything this year. Pack will regret this.

  21. johnnyballsack says: Dec 22, 2010 12:40 AM

    I love how Pack fans would rather have Rodgers risk another concussion instead of protecting his future. The fact is that even if the Pack wins, which they won’t, they have no running game to make it deep in playoffs. Ask Troy Aikman and the Cowboys how that impacted them over the past decade. Aikman can barely complete a competent sentence without help from Joe Buck and he is only in his forties. The Cowboys were in a bind for years due to the unexpected, premature retirement of their leader. I am not a Pack fan, but think Rodgers is a class act and very good QB. Be careful what you wish for Pack fans, the NYG D is going to be on a mission this week, Rodgers and the Packers future may just be a casualty of that.

  22. kimcon22000 says: Dec 22, 2010 12:44 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:24 PM
    Chicago Bears. Too bad it doesn’t matter Pecker fans…Aaron Rodgers, the puss Favre never was…..

    ————————————————-

    Youre name pretty much sums up your IQ.
    Seems you’re preoccupied with peckers too.
    Just sayin’

  23. cappa662 says: Dec 22, 2010 1:06 AM

    I hope never to see austin collie play again. He’s one big hit away from permanant brain damage.

    Rodgers should sit out another week. That hit in detroit was pretty bad.

  24. canjura says: Dec 22, 2010 1:44 AM

    Pretty sure Brian Westbrook was devastated by concussions his last season in Philly yet he’s been the main back in SF since Gore went down 4 weeks ago.. kind of premature to say Collie and/or Rodgers are done because of concussions.. at the same time, you’re telling me players 20, 15, 10, 5, hell even 2 years ago weren’t COMING BACK INTO THE SAME GAME with a concussion? A lot of players suffer multiple concussions throughout the season and just don’t report it so they can stay on the field. MOST football players play because they love the sport (and the paycheck) and a concussion won’t be enough to keep them off the field.

  25. slatetundra07 says: Dec 22, 2010 3:04 AM

    pervyharvin says: Dec 21, 2010 10:24 PM

    Chicago Bears. Too bad it doesn’t matter Pecker fans…Aaron Rodgers, the puss Favre never was…..
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    With a statement such as this…obviously you’re still suffering from the concussion you’ve done upon yourself from the numerous face-palms while watching the Queens fail last night.

  26. favredongshots says: Dec 22, 2010 6:54 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:24 PM
    Chicago Bears. Too bad it doesn’t matter Pecker fans…Aaron Rodgers, the puss Favre never was…..

    ——————-

    Hahahahahaha. Oh pervy, you’re like those little kids who have “playoff teams” to cheer for, because their own teams rarely makes the playoffs. Vikes are done, for years to come. Pack are not. Bears will be one-and-done in the playoffs.

    And what’s with all the Bears and Giants “fans” coming on here and giving their non-medical opinions? An idenpedent doctor (one with an actual degree) has cleared Rodgers to practice.

  27. salmen76 says: Dec 22, 2010 7:05 AM

    Giants will secure a wildcard birth and win all the way to the NFC championship game. My Saints will host the #6 seed Giants in the Superdome for the NFC title game. The champs will blast the Giants off the field and the Saints will go back to the Super Bowl again this year and beat the Patriots for their second SB title. Geaux Champs!

  28. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 22, 2010 7:56 AM

    salmen,

    The Giants are packing up their belongings and getting ready for the off season right now. I know this because they spent the last 8 minutes of last weeks game finishing up their Christmas shopping.

  29. slavko72 says: Dec 22, 2010 8:35 AM

    Little soon, but whatever. Maybe he will stop making the ‘championship belt’ motion every time he makes a good play now since you cant even win the division. Clown. Oh yeah…DA BEARS!

  30. jackfactor says: Dec 22, 2010 8:42 AM

    This will be like a bizzaro worl version of the 1997 NFC Championship game without Strahan and Favre. Manning was brilliant that game.
    Packers two weakest links in the game were Favre and Al Harris.
    Thompson believed that Rodgers would pla better in late sEason, cold weather games going forward and Tramon Williams has supplanted Harris with a Pro Bowl caliber year. We shall see.
    This one should go down to the wire on the frozen tundra.
    It is like a playoff game.

  31. philtration says: Dec 22, 2010 8:44 AM

    oregonbear says: Dec 21, 2010 11:23 PM

    Hmmm… With a good chance that his bell will get rung again in the next two games, and still miss the playoffs, is it really worth it?
    =====================================

    Playoffs?
    PLAYOFFS?

    I am glad that he is going to play.
    Then the cheesedicks will have one less excuse after the Giants slap the snot out of the the Packers.

  32. calloustongue says: Dec 22, 2010 8:57 AM

    The Packers are a much better team than the Giants.

    Rodgers is clearly a better QB than Eli and will prove as much when the Packers steamroll the Giants @ Lambeau this Sunday.

    Sorry Giants, but gtfo of our way.

  33. purpleguy says: Dec 22, 2010 9:25 AM

    The Giants have a pretty good D-line, the Pack’s OTs are weak, and I suspect with the two prior concussions, the threat of Rodgers running with the ball will largely be gone, making the offense more one-dimensional. It’s hard to believe sitting one week after 2 concussions in the prior 10 weeks is truly what’s best for Rodgers’ noggin. Combined with the other factors, there can be no real argument against the fact that he is exposing himself to more long term harm by playing so soon. Then again, the short term benefit of a playoff opportunity must prevail to keep Wisconsin’s collective alcohol intake from increasing to epic proportions.

  34. joe23haas says: Dec 22, 2010 9:27 AM

    slavko72 says:
    Dec 22, 2010 8:35 AM
    Little soon, but whatever. Maybe he will stop making the ‘championship belt’ motion every time he makes a good play now since you cant even win the division. Clown. Oh yeah…DA BEARS!

    Spoken like a true fair-weather Bear fan. The Bears have to be one of the worst playoff teams in the league. Division Championships are worthless and the only thing it will give you is a home game so you can see first hand what a real playoff team looks like. Then you can sit on your couch and watch A-Rod throw up the championship belt up in the Super Bowl where it really matters.

  35. kev86 says: Dec 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    As we know, the Giants like to blitz regardless of the score or situation. I think Rodgers might get really hurt on Sunday on the frozen tundra.

    I dont think the G-Men have been to Lambeau since the classic NFC Championship game in 07.

  36. coleton1 says: Dec 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 21, 2010 10:24 PM
    Chicago Bears. Too bad it doesn’t matter Pecker fans…Aaron Rodgers, the puss Favre never was…..

    So why was Favre laying face down on the field Monday night???

  37. childressrulz says: Dec 22, 2010 10:16 AM

    Pack wins this week without much of a challenge. The giants won’t be the same for years after last weekends let down. I bet the Packers can’t wait to play the bears. It is sad to think the Packers JV is about to make mince meat out of the Giants and Bears teams. How do you lose like that to the Pats (bears I am looking at you) at home and still call yourself a contender? Seriously how can you do it and keep a straight face?

  38. bordner says: Dec 22, 2010 10:27 AM

    Do d-uh bears actually have a shot at a bye for the playoffs? I hope not – the sooner they play, the sooner they lose and then the sooner all of these fairweather bear fans that crawled out of the woodwork this year will go back into hibernation for another 4-5 years.

    The bears still and always will suck.

  39. cubEbear54 says: Dec 22, 2010 11:26 AM

    Let him play if he’s cleared to. I want to see him and Cutler go at it week 17. I’ve been looking forward to this rematch since September!! The first meeting was great – here’s to another tough rivalry match! Go Bears!!

  40. joe23haas says: Dec 22, 2010 1:24 PM

    cubEbear54 says:
    Dec 22, 2010 11:26 AM
    Let him play if he’s cleared to. I want to see him and Cutler go at it week 17. I’ve been looking forward to this rematch since September!! The first meeting was great – here’s to another tough rivalry match! Go Bears!!

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    First meeting was great? That game was a joke and the Packers should have won by 21. Without those 18 penalties, this should have been no contest. Duh Bears won’t even score a TD in the rematch. Ass hat bears fans

  41. cubEbear54 says: Dec 22, 2010 3:57 PM

    joe23haas says: this should have been no contest

    Bitter much? Truth of the matter is that it WAS no contest…for the Bears. Another truth is that the Pack DID commit those penalties which cost them the game. But hey, your team has another crack at mine in a couple weeks. Let’s see how that one plays out!

  42. packfan963 says: Dec 22, 2010 6:48 PM

    Hey all you Bears fans out there go F*** yourselves!

  43. cubEbear54 says: Dec 22, 2010 7:55 PM

    @packfan963
    I’ve often said that Packer fans are so much classier than Vike fans and I’ve always respected The Pack. They always play hard and play to win. Even after the September game, CHI and GB fans on PFT gave mutual respect to each other. But you, buttercup, are a disgrace to your fanbase….

  44. didiwags says: Dec 22, 2010 11:38 PM

    Wow, they sure want to lose their start QB at a young age don’t they. he should not play for the rest of the season and let him rest and see how he is at the beginning of next season!

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