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Rodgers to Return for Packers With NFL Playoff Berth at Stake

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers gets ready to pass against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Nov. 4, 2013. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Aaron Rodgers will start at quarterback in the Green Bay Packers’ regular-season finale Dec. 29 after missing the past seven games while recovering from a broken collarbone.

The Packers, with a 7-7-1 record, need a victory in their Dec. 29 game at the Chicago Bears (8-7) to win the National Football Conference’s North Division and make the playoffs.

“We’ve done our due diligence.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at a televised news conference. “We’ve gone through all the evaluations and Aaron is ready to play.”

The Packers went 2-4-1 without Rodgers, the 2011 National Football League Most Valuable Player who was injured during the first quarter of a Nov. 4 loss to the Chicago Bears. Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace all made starts at quarterback for Green Bay while Rodgers was out.

Rodgers, 30, started the Packers’ first eight games this season before breaking his collarbone, passing for 2,219 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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