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Aaron Rodgers Could Play This Weekend Against Vikings

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has not decided if Aaron Rodgers will play this weekend when the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings.

McCarthy said on Monday night that Rodgers was very sore and rightfully so, just a day after the Packers quarterback returned to play from his right collarbone fracture in a 7-point loss to Carolina.

The Packers head coach said Rodger was hit too many times and took two hits that were quite hard, so they are working through this and Tuesday they will see how the quarterback feels.

McCarthy made those comments prior to Atlanta defeating Tampa Bay which eliminated Green Bay from postseason contention. The Packers run of eight straight playoff berths ended with the Falcons win on Monday Night Football.

Despite Rodgers returning on Sunday, after breaking his collarbone October 15 and missing seven games, Green Bay did not help themselves by losing to Carolina when they fell short trying to rally for a win.

Early in his return, Rodgers was noticeably off target throwing three picks, but with 2:43 left in the fourth quarter he hit Richard Rodgers with a 24-yard touchdown pass to narrow the Panthers’ lead to seven.

Green Bay then was able to recover an onside kick, but on Carolina’s 28-yard line, Geronimo Allison fumbled after catching a pass with just 1:50 remaining.

Rodgers admitted after the game that he did not play very well throwing for 290 yards, three touchdowns and three picks for a passer rating of just 71.5. He gained 43 yards on six carries.

However, McCarthy and his medical staff will now decide if Rodgers should be on the field against Minnesota. Rodgers hinted following Sunday’s game he wanted to play on Saturday against the Vikings, regardless of his team’s playoff picture.

In an unrelated matter, McCarthy lashed out at Thomas Davis the veteran Carolina linebacker whose blindside block helmet-to-helmet on Packers wide out Davante Adams put Adams into concussion protocol.

Although the NFL suspended Davis for two games because of the hit due to Davis being what the league called a repeat offender, the Green Bay coach called it a dirty hit and said football has no place for those kinds of hits.

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