Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he has been cleared to return from injury

Dec 13 (The Sports Xchange) - The uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be ready to return this week was resolved on Thursday when Rodgers announced on Instagram that he was medically cleared to play football.

That presumably means that Rodgers, sidelined the past two months due to a broken right collarbone, will play Sunday in a pivotal game against the Carolina Panthers.

Following a day of consultation with a medical team led by Pat McKenzie, the team physician, Rodgers posted a message on his Instagram account.

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return. Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks (heart) and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain," he said.

Rodgers sustained the injury in Week Six against the Minnesota Vikings, when he was tackled by linebacker Anthony Barr. It was the second time in five years that Rodgers broke his collarbone.

Green Bay put him on injured reserve, hoping he could return in Week 15. Last week it became apparent Rodgers might return this week, although there was some concern early this week that Rodgers might not be cleared.

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Brand new Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia within the first few minutes of Boston's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone on October 15, 2017 while playing against the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to Week 15, Rodgers said he had been medically cleared to return

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Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller nearly lost his leg after he landed awkwardly during a touchdown catch -- that was later overturned.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's season ended after a ruptured Achilles tendon during Thursday Night Football.

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's season ended after he injured his left knee on October 8.

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On March 6, Andrew Bogut broke his leg less than one minute into his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Johan Camargo of the Atlanta Braves fell to the ground running onto the field in a strange freak accident.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand, ending his season after Week 14. 

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Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a scary injury that left him motionless on the field and may have ended his football career.

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In the first game of the season, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs ruptured his Achilles tendon, ending his season.

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On October 8, Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a scary-looking injury to his ankle and was carted off the field in tears

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper suffered a bone bruise after landing awkwardly on first base during a game in August. 

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was ruled out for the entire season after tearing his ACL during a preseason game.

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Rookie running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings tore his ACL during Week 4, ending his season. 

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San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner missed 3 months of the 2017 season after suffering a shoulder injury in a dirt biking accident. 

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Running back David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals dislocated his wrist during the Cardinals' season opener. It was announced that he would miss the entire season.

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New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was sidelined for much of the season after tearing a lat muscle in April.

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Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights missed 25 games after taking a knee to the head on October 15. 

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout spent time on the disabled list for the first time in his career this season after tearing a ligament in his thumb. He missed 39 games.

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Isaiah Thomas was sidelined by a hip injury during the Eastern Conference Finals. When he was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, further issues with his hip nearly nullified the agreement. 

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Impressive young quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans sustained an ACL injury during practice in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the year.

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Tom Savage, who took over for the injured Watson, suffered an unsettling concussion during Week 14 play that had many questioning the NFL's injury protocol. 

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did not play a game in 2017 after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to his face on October 29, sidelining him for up to two months after surgery.

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Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets will miss the entire season after tearing a tendon in his knee during the team's season opener.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went down in Week 14 with a torn ACL, ending his season and shaking the team's Super Bowl hopes.

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The Packers went 3-4 in Rodgers' absence with Brett Hundley serving as the quarterback.

Green Bay is still in the playoff hunt with a 7-6 record, but Rodgers will not have an easy task as his first two games will be at Carolina (9-4) and home against the Minnesota Vikings (10-3).

The Packers, who might need to win their remaining three games to make the postseason, finish at Detroit (7-6). (Editing by John O'Brien)

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