Aaron Rodgers to start in Packers' finale

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes during the first quarter against the...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field earlier this season. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start at quarterback for the first time in nearly two months when the Packers face the Bears on Sunday in Chicago.

Rodgers worked with the first-team offense on Thursday and was a full participant in practice for the first time since he suffered a broken left collarbone in a Nov. 4 game against the Bears.

"We are preparing for the Chicago Bears with Aaron Rodgers as our starting quarterback," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the media.

McCarthy informed the team for the first time at an 8:05 meeting on Thursday morning that Rodgers was on target to be the starter on Sunday.

McCarthy also announced that wide receiver Randall Cobb is expected to play for the first time since Oct. 13 when he sustained a leg injury during a game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Rodgers had worked behind his replacement, Matt Flynn, since returning to practice several weeks ago while he recovered from the broken collarbone.

The Packers (7-7-1) are preparing to take on the Bears (8-7) in a game that will decide the NFC North champion and a spot in the playoffs.

The 30-year-old Rodgers has not played since he suffered the injury against when Bears on Nov. 4. The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers went down.

Before the injury, Rodgers completed 168-of-251 passes for 2,218 yards with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.


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