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Rodgers takes first team reps, sense of optimism exists

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The Packers are going to make an official announcement regarding quarterback Aaron Rodgers after practice.

But for the first time in a few weeks, there’s actually a sense of optimism this time.

According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, Rodgers took all the reps with the starters during the portion of practice reporters were allowed into.

Those are just individual drills, but that’s still viewed as an encouraging sign for a team that has been without their best player for the last seven weeks with a broken collarbone.

Amazingly, they’re still in it, with a chance to win the NFC North Sunday at Chicago.

And if he’s back, against a defense that just allowed 54 last week, those chances look a lot better.

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46 Responses to “Rodgers takes first team reps, sense of optimism exists”
  1. jpat2424 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:10 PM

    Never gonna happen

  2. primetimewr9 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    true redemption to come back against the team that knocked him out to lock up the NFC North!

  3. emoney826 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    Rodgers or Cutler against two bad defenses. My money is on Rodgers EVERY time.

  4. contra74 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    Will he, won’t he….will he, won’t he…I thought you guys got rid of Favre. What a diva!

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    I’d have to demand to play if I’m Rodgers.

  6. conormacleod says: Dec 26, 2013 1:22 PM

    Can he run with the ball? That’s what the Bears can’t stop.

  7. goodknave says: Dec 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Fine. We can knock him out again, though it is nowhere near payback for Charles Martin’s criminal act on McMahon in ’86.

    That mugging cost the Bears back-to-back titles. This is far less important.

  8. cajunaise says: Dec 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Caption for the article photo:

    “Falcon made of pigskin: attack the bears, then return to me!”

  9. lnfinite says: Dec 26, 2013 1:27 PM

    The last time Rahjahs faced the Bears he was put on the shelf for a couple months. If he plays this weekend, that crappy defense could end his career..

  10. troy43mvp says: Dec 26, 2013 1:27 PM

    You Got To Know When To Hold Em and Know When to Fold Em…..Sorry that’s Kenny Rogers not Aaron Rodgers. Is anyone even gonna care in the 25th century? Oh wait, sorry that’s Buck Rogers.

  11. nfl4days says: Dec 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    Watching the bear and lions fumble away this division has been hilarious. If the packers come away with this divison I hope they go all the way just to make this even more funny.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    Could a heroic return be the impetus for winning a playoff berth on the final day of the season?

    Bears. Packers. The greatest rivalry in the NFL. Final game. Win or go home.

    What could be better?

  13. csilojohnson says: Dec 26, 2013 1:31 PM

    Those were probably the only reps he took. Pre meditated stunt as to make Rodgers seem tougher.
    So everyone go easy on him. We all know he is sensitive. Wouldnt want to make him feel he needs to come back early just to save his image.

  14. f1restarter says: Dec 26, 2013 1:38 PM

    The Packers are still admirably fighting hard for the division title with most of their roster on crutches and wearing neck braces, bandages, slings, and body casts.

    The Minnesota Vikings, healthiest team in the NFC North, chose to curl up in the fetal position and die way back in September. How utterly pathetic.

  15. duece5 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    A bear or packer victory would still put either team under the Vikings in division championships…….

    Since Vikings inception in 1961:

    VIKINGS: 18 championships
    packers: 11
    bears: 10
    Lions: 3

    Throw in Tampa when they were in the division with 3.

    Either team can win this division….it won’t matter.

    Defensively, the entire division is SOOOO bad.

    Vikes will have will have garnered at least 50% more championships than either.

    The race for 2nd is ON!!!!

  16. fartweasel says: Dec 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    Great, get him out there, I’m tired of hearing nothing but the Divas medical reports each week.

    It won’t matter who wins the game, neither team will advance further than round one in the playoffs anyway. I’m pretty sure you still need a defense to win games in the NFL.

  17. billh1947 says: Dec 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    Whether AR plays or not it doesnt matter,what matters is the Packers are still a better team than the Bears even with a quarter of their starters out with injuries.the Bears are a bad football team,even the Chicago media has admitted that fact.Matt Flynn will do a number on them through the air and Lacy will chew them up on the ground,sprained ankle and all.did I mention that the Bears are a bad football team while the Packers are an injured football team who still has enough talent to win this game.

  18. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 26, 2013 1:49 PM

    The Packers are bad.

  19. johngaltwho says: Dec 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    Regardless of how this season winds down, I think the NFC North could be (once again) one of the best divisions top to bottom in football next season. A healthy Packers squad has obvious talent and adding another pass rusher and a safety would certainly improve depth. The Vikings are a quarterback (and a headcoach?) away from being a very good football team, the Bears need another year under Trestman and some youth on defense and the Lions just need a real head coach.

  20. 46plank says: Dec 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Packers= ONE man team

  21. emoney826 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    Aww how cute! Look at the little Viking fans getting all cranky and crabby because their team was out of it 16 weeks ago. Dry those eyes, little vikings. You’ve been bad for the past 4 years, which means that within the next 6 year’s, you’ll have that one fluke good season. It happens once every 10 years. And then back to reality.

    And to the little guy bragging about the more division titles that the vikings have over the packers and bears, that’s so adorable. Enjoy those little crowns. Leave the bigger trophies to the real teams.

  22. packmanfan says: Dec 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    This Pack fan is still waiting to exhale.

  23. 46plank says: Dec 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    Favre would have played two weeks ago.

  24. tvjules says: Dec 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    Nice! Great way to end the season with Rodgers hopefully back, and battling the Bears for the playoff spot.
    LOVE this game!

  25. comeonnowguys says: Dec 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    This is ridiculous. It was never going to be six weeks. It’s a broken collarbone. He’s risking lining up behind the same bad tackles to come back early–just for a chance to lose in the first round (not that the Bears would fare any better).

    What’s going on up there? Are fans calling him soft? Fine. I’d take him in a heartbeat for the Bears next year, and I have spent the last two months arguing with Bear meatballs and out-of-town-stupid that say Josh McCown is the QB of their future.

  26. vikescry1 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:15 PM

    vikings never had a shot, lions had it and didn’t want it and the bears only get it if they knock out the best qb in the division, oh the drama of the nfc north. the fact that the packers are as beat up as they are and still have a chance to win it is amazing. the bears and packers are the two best teams in this division and lions and vikings embrace the suck.

  27. iwaboy says: Dec 26, 2013 2:15 PM

    18 Division Championships, no Super Bowl Championships.

    Maybe they can hang those in the new stadium, since there are no Super Bowl banners to hang.

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Dec 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    I hope the Packers get in and make it to the Super Bowl on a series of critical blown calls by the refs every game to show what a joke these games have become. There would have to be a roughing the passer flag where the defender didn’t gently cradle the QB to the ground, also a personal foul one where QB gets clearly hit on a sack to the thigh and called for hitting him below the knees. Let’s not forget a ticky tack defensive back holding on a receiver call on 3rd down which gives them an automatic 1st down during a critical drive of the game extending it and resulting in a TD. Next would be a defenseless receiver crown of the head penalty on a defender on a play where the receiver at the last second clearly ducked his head causing the helmet to helmet contact. And how about a phantom false start by the center sending the opponent back 5 yards & sabotages a red zone dive forcing a field goal. Then they actually win the SB with the Pièce de résistance bogus pass interference call on the final play in the end zone giving them 1st & goal at the one for Lacy to punch through on the gift of an additional play.

    Ahhhhh the perfect combination of helplessness, agita & frustration to the fan experience. Thanks NFL for your increasingly worse inept stewardship over the game I love.

  29. seatownballers says: Dec 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    Vikings fans always clawing for relevance

  30. thesconnienation says: Dec 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    Bears fans everywhere just let out a loud curse word. While Vikings fans are doing what they do every single year at this time: “Did you see the local hockey team eh? They look good, eh?!”

  31. conormacleod says: Dec 26, 2013 2:31 PM

    Nobody in this division should be talking smack to anybody.

  32. packfanaj12 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    He’s back baby!

  33. thebiffer says: Dec 26, 2013 2:34 PM

    Chicago is shakin in their boots and Cutler is crying its unfair.

    Rogers play . . , Pack wins

    If he sits . . , Bears win

  34. egyptdog31 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    Yes…the Packers are a one man team….thankfully the one man is Aaron Rodgers. He is the man.

  35. larryboodry says: Dec 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    Minnesota Vikings:

    18 division titles since 1961, no championships ever.

    Never has one team done so little with so much.

    As for the Bears-Packers game Sunday, I think Lacy will be the key for GB, regardless of which QB starts.

    And whoever does win the North will be either 9-7 (Bears) 0r 8-7-1 (Packers)…How embarrassing is that?

    (Okay, not as embarrassing as Detroit fans getting playoff tickets in the mail the day after their team got eliminated from playoff contention.)

  36. duece5 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    Favre would have played……8 weeks ago!

    Erin= S O F T

    All teams this year in the NFL North are TERRIBLE……..but hey, packers “beat” the worst defensive team IN NFL HISTORY by 1 point, and now they are “fighters”.

    I believe the bears, as bad as a D that they have, manhandle either Erin or colorful Flynn.

    What pack fan will be up in arms if Erin goes down…..again……with off season collarbone surgery?

    Hmmmmmm……TT is NOT a genius….he is DESPERATE!!!!!!

  37. johngaltwho says: Dec 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    Its official. Rodgers is starting. Go Pack Go

  38. bangithard says: Dec 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    Just announced!!

    RODGERS WILL START and BEAT THE BEARS

  39. comeonnowguys says: Dec 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    It’s official. Packers are risking their future to limp into the playoffs.

  40. conormacleod says: Dec 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    I simply can’t decide if I want Rodgers to play and have the Packers get bounced in the first round of the playoffs, or if I just want the Packers to lose Sunday so their fans will go back into hibernation.

  41. thesconnienation says: Dec 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    Vikings fans claiming dominance over division titles and Bears fans crying about a hit that occurred almost 30 years ago.

    Thanks for the laughs guys!

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    As the late great Bud Grant once famously said, “Viking fans are small people (figuratively), living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.”

    These seething hate fueled posts are proof that their Viking fan inferiority complexes have ruined their lives.

  43. buyamericanonly says: Dec 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Is Rodgers going to play defense also, because Green Bay doesnt have one now.

  44. leagueobservr says: Dec 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    Cutler will be throwing to his favorite receivers:
    Tramon Williams and Sam Shields! :-D

  45. pingguy says: Dec 26, 2013 6:10 PM

    Though I’m a Bears fan ,this is not a smart move by the front office. It’s too bad the Packers listened to the idiots that were calling Rodgers soft. Personally I could care less if they do beat the Bears because neither team is good enough to advance beyond the first round. If you really think the Packers or Bears could make it to the SB then you need to buy a new TV.

  46. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 26, 2013 7:22 PM

    Vikings and there division championships. The packers won there last Super Bowl as a wildcard!!!! And do u guys really put those in your trophy case? Ours are full of NFL Championships. What do u say about that kids?

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