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Green Bay Packers Clear Aaron Rodgers to Start in Week 15

The house that Vince Lombardi built at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin has experienced a franchise impasse during its 2017-18 NFL season.

During an exhilarating game by the Green Bay Packers against their division rival Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017, starting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a punishing tackle by a Vikings defender, which injured his right collarbone and caused a fracture.

Rodgers had surgery performed on his fractured right collarbone four days after experiencing the game day injury. After that, the Packers placed their superstar quarterback on the injured reserve list. It was not known at that time whether or not Rodgers would be able to return to the field at some point late in the season.

However, the elite, 33-year-old signal caller posted a message to fans on his Instagram page late Tuesday night (December 12), which indicated that the Super Bowl-winning Rodgers has been cleared to start in the next Packers game against the Panthers on Sunday December 17, 2017.

“It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m happy to say I’ve been medically cleared to return,” Rodgers posted. “Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain,” he continued.

Number 12’s impassioned message to fans was written below a picture of the rugged and tough touchdown passer resting on a hospital bed with a hairnet on under a white sheet giving a smile and a thumbs up. This eliminated any doubt about Rodgers being good to go. He has desperately desired to play during his speedy recovery.

“One of the big factors that played into this was Aaron Rodgers very, very badly wanted to play,” said television sports reporter Ian Rapoport during a Tuesday night show on the NFL Network.

“And that’s one thing that’s been clear the entire time with Rodgers is ever since he broke his collarbone, he was aggressive in his recovery to try to get ready for Week 15,” Rapoport went on to say.

The 7-6 Green Bay Packers are more than eager to have their warrior under center back after experiencing a subpar season in his absence. The focus for the team is to get back to its winning ways.

Potential Kaepernick Trade

Ian Rapoport, of the NFL Network, reported Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick will choose not to renew his contract as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. As Mediaite.com claims, other potential locations for Kaepernick could be Chicago or the New York Jets, as these teams are in desperate need of a veteran quarterback as well.

Despite having performed well in his first two seasons at San Francisco, Kaepernick’s record in the 2016-2017 season was 1-10. On his way to a less than stellar record, Kaepernick recorded 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, better than his previous season as the starting quarterback for the 49ers.

In fact, it was the dismal 2015-2016 season which led to Kaepernick being replaced by the backup, Blaine Gabbert, for the first five games this fall. Following a tough string of losses by the 49ers to start the season, Kaepernick was once again picked to lead the squad for the remainder of the schedule. One thing that Kaepernick has going for him in a potential deal with a new team is his recent numbers, though his record does not reflect the improvement he has seen this past year.

Another obvious upside to the free agency of Kaepernick is a rather weak lineup of quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft. Despite new competition, the Chicago Tribune was reporting Wednesday that the Bears could be interested in looking at Ashlon Jeffrey as a replacement quarterback, another free agent prospect to be announced within the next couple of weeks.

Rumors in Denver regarding an interest in Tony Romo also makes the quarterback market tough for Kaepernick to enter for the upcoming season. The 49ers may have to wait until March 9th, when negotiations begin, to find out where Kaepernick intends to make his home this year.