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McCarthy says Rodgers expected to start vs. Giants

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed at his press conference today that Aaron Rodgers has been cleared following his concussion and is expected to start against the New York Giants on Sunday.   McCarthy said Rodgers was fully cleared on Tuesday and looked great in practice today and threw the ball well. Rodgers chose to wear a different helmet for better protection, McCarthy said.  McCarthy said Rodgers is one of the best, if not the best player on the team. He called him the commander in chief of the offense. McCarthy said the Packers will need Rodgers to perform at a high level against the Giants.  Rodgers will receive almost all of the reps with the No. 1 offense this week in practice, which is standard procedure.  McCarthy also said at his press conference:  *The strength of the Giants’ defense is their line, which will pose a big challenge for the Packers.  *Deciding on which running backs to activate comes down to what kind of offense the Packers plan to unveil, and special teams needs.  *The key to stopping the Giants’ running game, featuring Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, starts up front in the trenches. He anticipates the Giants will attempt to run the ball on the Packers.  *He said the Packers’ playoffs started when they got on the plane coming home from New England. They are approaching this game as a playoff game.  *Knowing safety Nick Collins' history, McCarthy said he expects him to progress this week from his rib injury and anticipates he will play against the Giants.  *The Packers’ practice participation report today: Eric Walden limited; Charles Woodson full; Frank Zombo did not participate; Diyral Briggs limited; Chad Clifton limited; Nick Collins limited; Cullen Jenkins out; Pat Lee full; Clay Matthews limited; Ryan Pickett full; Aaron Rodgers full.

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