Starter Pack: Decision day on Rodgers

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The day after Christmas might be the most anticipated day of the Packers’ season.

On Thursday, the team is expected to decide whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return from his Nov. 4 collarbone injury.

It’s the last chance for him to play this regular season and if he doesn’t return for Sunday’s Week 17 game at the Chicago Bears, there may not be any more decisions to make. The loser of Sunday’s game goes home. The winner captures the NFC North title and a home playoff game on wild-card weekend.

The Packers did not practice on Christmas Day, but they still had to issue an injury report. Participation levels were based on estimates of what would have occurred had they actually practiced.

It may be meaningless to try to read into a practice report about a practice that never happened, but Rodgers was listed as a limited participant -- which is exactly how he has been categorized ever since he returned to workouts on Nov. 26.

Here’s the report:

The Packers practice for real on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. local time.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:


  • If you missed the Christmas Eve edition of Rodgers’ radio show, you can listen to it at ESPNWisconsin.com.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz talked to cornerback Tramon Williams about his yoga routine, which he picked up from Terrell Owens.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lori Nickel looked at the impact rookie Micah Hyde has made recently on kickoff returns.