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Rodgers will start against Bears on Sunday

Dec. 26, 2013
 
Packers planning to start Rodgers against Bears
Packers planning to start Rodgers against Bears: Pete Dougherty and Wes Hodkiewicz talk about what having Aaron Rodgers back as starting quarterback means for the Packers in Sunday's game against the Bears. (Dec. 26, 2013)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is all smiles at practice on Thursday. Rodgers is expected to start Sunday against the Bears, coach Mike McCarthy said.

Following are the highlights from coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice press conference today:

*We’re preparing for Bears with Aaron Rodgers as starting QB. Goal was to have announcement Tuesday, evaluation and communication wasn’t concluded, told team today at 8:05, they were first people needed to know about it.

*(what’s risk?) every player in game will have risk, we’ve done due diligence and feel Aaron is ready to play.

*(how much better chances with Rodgers?) talked to our team, aaron good for team, but we need to go down and win as team. Everybody understands we need to run the ball, stop the run, protect the QB, play pass defense. This is decision everybody’s waiting for, would like to have done it Tuesday but with schedule and holiday did it today.

*(feel good about how he’s throwing?) absolutely, expressed that all along. Been working his feet and conditioning and getting ready for moment.

*(rodgers’ reaction) aaron’s accepted the level of risk for the third week. It’s been stressful for him. He’s relieved to play. Our conversation this morning is it’s time to play football.

*(did you know Tuesday?) don’t’ want to get into all that. There was a lot of discussion, anybody who knows us knows it would be talked about again and over again.

*(been progression in amount of work in practice?) the amount of work probably has been a progression. Didn’t do much on Fridays but volume has increased, reps on who he was working with.

*(think eliminate rust?) Aaron’s a seasoned pro, extremely productive, knows the ins and outs. It’s the little things, the fine details. As far as throwing and moving around, not worried about.

*(Cobb chance this week?) felt he had a very good day today, better now than this morning, took step in that direction.

*(How’s lacy’s availability?) I feel eddie’s in a good place. He’s carried ball a bunch this year. Ankle’s sore but I expect him to play.

*(Bears big receivers) Excellent, big targets, the ability to run their scheme. Matt Forte also have great respect for here.

*(what think of flynn’s work?) did a lot of good things, kept getting better. Wasn’t here for training camp, in three different offenses before he got here. I was pleased with what he did for us.

*(excited Rodgers is back?) I feel good for aaron, I don’t think people realize the stress he’s been under. He’s been on board for playing for several weeks now. We’re talking about the best player in football, to see what he has to go through.

*(Lacy practice tomorrow or not play?) no, he doesn’t have to practice Friday but I’d be surprised if he didn’t practice.

*(team reaction when told) they don’t react very much, business as usual. This is football game, we’re not putting this all on aaron’s shoulders. Going to loud venue, played big games there before. we know what we’re preparing for.

*(Hear from league on last 10 seconds last week?) talked with the league Monday, private conversation.

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