Aaron Rodgers was a full participant in practice Thursday for the first time since he broke his left collarbone on the opening series of the 27-20 loss to the Bears last month. Despite going 2-4-1 in the seven games that the former league MVP was sidelined, the Packers (7-7-1) can win the NFC North by beating the Bears (8-7) on Sunday.
Coach Mike McCarthy said he had hoped to have a decision made Tuesday, but the final medical evaluations had not yet been completed. The team was off Wednesday for Christmas, and this was the first bit of news it received when it returned to work.
“To be honest with you, I feel good for Aaron,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think people realize the stress he’s been under. He’s been on board with playing for quite some time now. We were holding him out of the game, and that’s tough. That’s a tough thing to go through.