A-Rod is Back; Packers QB Rodgers Medically Cleared to Play

The Packers pulled out a must-win Sunday in overtime in Cleveland, and now at 7-6 it appears they are going to get their all-world quarterback back under center in time for a playoff run.

Aaron Rodgers, who has been out the last eight weeks after suffering a broken collarbone, put out on social media Tuesday night that he’s officially back, and that he’s been medically cleared to return to playing.

Now it’s not 100 percent official that he’s going to take the field against the Panthers on Sunday, but it would not make a whole lot of sense for him to put out that announcement on social media without knowing from the team that he’s not going to play.

In other words, look for A-Rod to be under center Sunday when the Packers travel to play the Panthers.

Aaron Rodgers Tells “Conan” on TBS He Needed 13 Screws to Repair Collarbone

Aaron Rodgers still isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to return to play this season, but the Packers quarterback confirmed that he had screws inserted in his fractured right collarbone during surgery Oct. 19 in Southern California, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.

In a taped appearance on TBS’ “Conan” that airs Thursday, Rodgers told host Conan O’Brien that doctors used “13 screws” to repair his collarbone, which he injured during the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 15.

Wearing a sling on his right (throwing) arm and with a bandage showing beneath his black shirt, Rodgers told O’Brien: “I rolled out to my right, I threw the ball, and I got tackled and kind of slammed on the ground. But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.”

Reached via text message Thursday morning, Rodgers wouldn’t say exactly how many screws were surgically inserted into the collarbone, joking, “It’s TV. Sometimes you exaggerate. And then sometimes, you tell the truth.”

Rodgers, who has been staying in the Los Angeles area convalescing following surgery, said he’s “reading ‘Into the Wild’ with my feet in the sand at the beach, recovering.” He said he’ll return to Green Bay on Monday, a day before his teammates return to practice on Tuesday.

Packers RB Ty Montgomery Doubtful Sunday Against Dallas

Packers running back Ty Montgomery is listed as doubtful to play against the Cowboys on Sunday because of broken ribs, the Associated Press reports.

Montgomery got hurt in last week’s win over the Bears. He appeared to be wearing a flak jacket under his jersey while practicing on a limited basis this week.

Backup running back Jamaal Williams, who hurt his knee in the Bears game, was dropped from the injury report on Friday and should be available against Dallas.

Receiver Davante Adams was listed as questionable. He remains in the concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, though he has been moving around well at practice.

Also questionable are offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring), Bryan Bulaga (ankle), cornerback Davon House (quad) and defensive tackle Mike Daniels (hip).

Aaron Rodgers Not Happy with Outcome of McGregor-Mayweather

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Lots of folks are still buzzing about the fight last night featuring Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, won in the 10th round by Mayweather after it appeared that McGregor simply ran out of gas.

Count Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to the list of those that seemed to be in the corner of Conor McGregor, as today Jason Wilde tweeted out the following from Rodgers about how he felt the fight went.

By the way the cost of the fight was $99.99, which for Rodgers is not much considering he’s making $13.6 million this season.

Packers CB Damarious Randall Calls Out Eagles WR Bryce Treggs for ‘Dirty’ Hit

Bryce Treggs has been catching some heat on Twitter for a hit he made on Damarious Randall, with the Eagles wide receiver also being called out by the Packers cornerback himself, Kevin Spain of USA Today reports.

Treggs said Monday in a since-removed tweet that he was fined by the NFL for the hit.

“I made league minimum last year and I just got fined 25K,” the tweet said. “I’m starting a gofundme to pay it.”

Before it was deleted, Randall responded by calling out the wide receiver.

Treggs hit Randall during the first quarter of his team’s preseason opener on Aug. 10 while blocking on a LeGarrette Blount run. Randall left the game with a concussion.

On Twitter, Treggs defended himself against comments blasting him for a dirty hit by saying that he has to get noticed in order to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says He Wants to Play Until He’s 40

Aaron Rodgers knows exactly where he wants to be when he turns 40 years old, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

“Hopefully right here,” Rodgers said standing in front of his locker at Lambeau Field. “Hopefully talking to you guys right here.”

On the day Tom Brady turned 40, Rodgers said he not only said he hopes he’s still playing at that age but he hopes he’s still doing it for the Green Bay Packers.

“I do think it’s realistic,” the 33-year-old Rodgers said. “I hope it’s in this locker room, though. That would mean it’s been at a high level. Like I said, hopefully Dec. 2 of 2024, help me out, 2023. Thank you.”

Rodgers, who was drafted by the Packers in 2005, had a front-row seat for the end of Brett Favre’s career in Green Bay during the summer of 2008. But it wasn’t just the end of Favre’s time with the Packers that makes him feel that way.

“It’s being a sports fan and watching some of my favorite all-time players either not finish in the place they started or the place where you fell in love watching them play — or they did,” Rodgers said. “And seeing how different the memory is of those players as a fan, and seeing some of my favorite player growing finishing up now or have finished up in the last two or three years — the Derek Jeters, the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans — doing it their entire career in one place, that makes things pretty special.

Packers RB Ty Montgomery Spent the Summer Working with the “Footwork King”


Packers wideout-turned-running back Ty Montgomery worked with Rischad Whitfield, better known as the Footwork King, during the break between minicamp and training camp according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Whitfield has become one of the best trainers of NFL running backs in recent years and was given a large portion of the credit for Melvin Gordon’s sophomore surge last season.

“I hope it pays off for me, too,” Montgomery said. With Whitfield, Montgomery did “a lot of speed-ladder drills, a lot of change-of-direction drills, a lot of read-and-reaction drills.” Montgomery is also up to 223 pounds, but it’s lean muscle in the chest and shoulders area in an effort to take more of a pounding as a runner. The Packers are counting on Montgomery to be their primary back during the 2017 season.

Video: CBS Breaks Down the Packers Punting Battle This Summer

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Undrafted rookie Justin Vogel is the only punter on the Packers’ roster. He fits Green Bay’s preferred skill-set but there are no guarantees.