Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is short of a touchdown as he is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker (7) in the fourth quarter during their football game Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The player was ruled down on the one yard line and the touchdown was overturned upon review.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Bears QB Justin Fields removed from injury report, to start vs. Packers

Justin Fields was removed from the injury report and reinstalled as the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears on Friday.

Fields cleared the required steps to return from a left shoulder injury, established by the Bears’ medical team and coaching staff, in time for a second matchup this season with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Head coach Matt Eberflus said this week Fields would play if he’s “100 percent ready” after Chicago turned to backup Trevor Siemian last week. Siemian was moved to injured reserve on Friday after opting for surgery to repair an oblique injury, Eberflus confirmed.

“It’s just progress. Mobility and strength,” Eberflus said of Fields’ progress. “He feels good. Had a good practice again (Friday). We’re excited where he is. … He feels like he’s 100 percent, ready to go. When you get your starting quarterback back, and he’s electric like that, obviously it’s a big boost in the arm.”

Fields has passed for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games this season. He has scored seven touchdowns on the ground and ranks sixth in the NFL with 834 rushing yards.

The Bears (3-9) and Packers (4-8) entered the week with QB questions.

Aaron Rodgers (ribs) was unable to finish the Week 12 loss at Philadelphia, but he will start at Soldier Field this week after saying he improved throughout the week.

Also, safety Jaquan Brisker (concussion), cornerback Kyler Gordon (concussion) and offensive tackle Larry Borom (ankle, knee) will miss the game for the Bears.

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Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) watches quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warm up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers open to possibly letting Jordan Love play

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be willing to step aside for backup Jordan Love if the Packers are eliminated from postseason contention, the four-time MVP said on Wednesday.

Rodgers sustained a rib injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Love performed credibly after coming off the bench in a 40-33 loss.

In his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, Rodgers said regarding his status for the Packers’ Sunday road game against the Chicago Bears, “I plan on playing this week.”

However, when asked Wednesday how he would react if the Packers (4-8) decide it’s time to look at reserves with an eye toward the future, Rodgers struck a conciliatory tone.

“I’d love to finish the season out, but I understand this is a business,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of us kind of older guys who play a decent amount, who they might want to see some younger guys play. Hopefully, we don’t have to have that conversation. But if that conversation comes up, you know, I’ll approach that with an open mind, and without any bitterness or resentment.

“Obviously, like I said, I want to win out and then we don’t have to have those conversations. But, you know, I understand if we don’t, that it’s a possibility to have that conversation.”

Rodgers, 38, is guaranteed $59.5 million for next season, limiting the Packers’ options for the short term. Long term, Love, 24, still might be Rodgers’ replacement, which was the expectation when the team traded up to select him 26th overall in the 2020 draft.

Love has made just one NFL start, when Rodgers sat out a game in November 2021 due to a positive test for COVID-19. In nine NFL games overall, including three brief appearances this year, Love has completed 60 percent of his passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

Rodgers has connected on 64.8 percent of his passes this year for 2,682 yards and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions — his highest interception total in 12 years.

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Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts to a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Injured QBs look to return for Bears’ meeting with Packers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed Wednesday’s practice with thumb and rib injuries, while Chicago Bears counterpart Justin Fields was limited as he deals with a separated non-throwing shoulder.

Will the pair oppose one another Sunday in Chicago as they did during the Packers’ 27-10 home romp in Week 2?

Things look to be trending that way, but it may not be official until shortly before kickoff at Soldier Field.

What is certain: the Packers (4-8) and Bears (3-9) are reeling as they renew the NFL’s most-contested rivalry.

Green Bay has lost seven of eight, while Chicago enters on a five-game skid, including three losses by one possession.

Given the Packers’ success with Rodgers under center over the past decade-plus, it’s the rare meeting between the teams in which there’s more at stake with draft positioning than playoff seeding.

Still, Green Bay is harboring slim postseason hopes, as well, needing to win out while hoping for help.

“I think we’re always trying to develop and look for opportunities to get some guys in there that you might not know about, but I think right now the focus is 100 percent on winning this football game and doing whatever it takes,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.

The Packers have won the past seven games in the series. Their bid to extend the run to eight figures to include Rodgers, as LaFleur said his expectation is for Rodgers to play in Week 13.

Rodgers left in the third quarter of the team’s 40-33 loss at Philadelphia last week with injured ribs. Rodgers, who already had been playing with a broken thumb, said he struggled to breathe and move his upper body.

While the Packers scored in the 30s for just the second time this season, it wasn’t enough as Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 157 yards while throwing for 153 more and two touchdowns.

If healthy, Fields, a developing dual threat who rushed for 410 yards from Weeks 9-11, surely would present matchup nightmares for a scuffling Packers defense. Fields has recorded both a passing and rushing touchdown in five straight games, but missed last week’s loss to the New York Jets.

“We’d be foolish not to plan for Justin,” LaFleur said. “Because if you don’t, you will get gutted. That quarterback run game they have is pretty spectacular, and it doesn’t even always show up just in the run game, but just on his ability to drop back and if nothing is there to find a window and an escape lane and make you pay in that regard.”

Fields said he is “feeling better each and every day.”

Bears coach Matt Eberflus announced Wednesday that safety Eddie Jackson (foot) would miss the rest of the season. He was among several Bears injured in the Jets game.

Injuries to offensive linemen Riley Reiff (back) and Larry Borom (ankle/knee) may create an opening for right tackle Alex Leatherwood to make his first start as a Bear.

“We are excited and intrigued to see where it goes because he is a heck of an athlete at that position and we’ll see where it goes from there,” Eberflus said.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers to waive S Johnathan Abram

The Green Bay Packers are placing safety Johnathan Abram on waivers, just three weeks after claiming him off the wire, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The Las Vegas Raiders released Abram, a former starter, on Nov. 8 and the Packers picked him up the following day.

NFL Network said the Packers, who are 4-8, want to look at younger players now.

Abram, 26, started the first six games of the season with Las Vegas but lost his starting job. With the Raiders this season, he had 48 tackles and one pass defensed in eight games.

In two games with the Packers, he made two tackles.

In 36 career games with the Raiders (34 starts), Abram had 255 tackles, 12 passes defended and three interceptions. The Raiders selected him with the 27th overall pick of the 2019 draft.

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Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) avoids the tackle attempt of Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (97) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers got ‘good news,’ plans to play vs. Bears

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he plans to play in Week 13 at Chicago after getting “good news” from his scans.

Rodgers made the comments on the “Pat McAfee Show.”

Rodgers left Sunday night’s loss in Philadelphia with a rib injury. He was already dealing with an avulsion fracture in his right thumb, a revelation brought to light last week.

“I got good news on the scans,” Rodgers said on the show.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that Rodgers was feeling better and would start if he’s able to play. LaFleur also said there’s no talk about shutting down Rodgers as long as the Packers are mathematically alive for a playoff berth.

“We got a chance to run the last five and see where we stand after that,” Rodgers told McAfee.

Backup Jordan Love threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Christian Watson after Rodgers left the game on Sunday.

The Packers (4-8) visit NFC North rival Chicago (3-9) on Sunday. Green Bay won the first meeting in Week 2, 27-10.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) participate in training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis.Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Coach: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘feeling better,’ no status update

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is up in the air as Green Bay enters Week 13.

Test results were not available to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on Monday when he said Rodgers, who left Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia with a rib injury, was better.

“I know he’s feeling better today,” LaFleur said Monday. “I think we’ll know more in the next couple days.”

X-rays taken in Philadelphia were inconclusive as to whether Rodgers suffered broken ribs. He has been playing with an avulsion fracture in his right thumb, a revelation brought to light last week.

Whether Rodgers can suit up for the Packers to play the Chicago Bears this week is unclear. On Sunday night, LaFleur said Rodgers apologized for leaving the game in the third quarter. He was injured in the first half.

“I might not be able to go (in practice) Wednesday, but as long as there’s no major structural damage, I’ll try to get back out there,” Rodgers said Sunday.

The Packers (4-8) are not discussing whether to “shut down” Rodgers, LaFleur said. Rodgers said “as long as we’re mathematically alive, I’d like to be out there.”

“This is one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever been around. I don’t for one second question his toughness, his desire to be out there, desire to compete,” LaFleur said. “As a matter of fact he apologized to me, and I’m like ‘Don’t ever apologize to me.’ This guy is the ultimate competitor.”

Backup Jordan Love would be prepared to start at Chicago. He threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Christian Watson after Rodgers left the game on Sunday night.

“There’s obviously a lot of other conversations that come into play once you’re eliminated. I’ll be open to those conversations,” Rodgers said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs with the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Rudy Ford (20) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts-led Eagles rush for 363 yards in victory over Packers

Jalen Hurts ran for a career-high 157 yards and threw two touchdown passes as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the visiting Green Bay Packers 40-33 on Sunday night.

Hurts completed 16 of 28 passes for 153 yards. He rushed 17 times and broke the team record for rushing yards by a quarterback set by Michael Vick with 130 against the New York Giants in 2010.

Philadelphia (10-1) rushed for a whopping 363 of its 500 total yards and matched its best start since the 2017 team that won Super Bowl LII. Miles Sanders ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Green Bay (4-8) fought hard but lost for the seventh time in eight games and fell to 1-6 away from home, including a Week 5 loss to the Giants in London.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before leaving the game with an oblique injury late in the third quarter. His nine interceptions this year are his most since tossing 11 in 2010.

Hurts’ 6-yard TD pass to A.J. Brown put the Eagles up 34-20 midway through the third.

Rodgers, playing with a broken thumb since the setback in England, departed after Mason Crosby’s 29-yard field goal made it 34-23 with 2:03 left in the third.

Jordan Love took over in the fourth quarter, trailing 37-23 after Jake Elliott’s 31-yard field goal. Love’s third pass was a 63-yard TD to Christian Watson — the rookie receiver’s sixth score in his last three games — to make it 37-30 with 9:00 left.

Elliott’s 54-yard field goal pushed Philadelphia’s lead back to 10 with 2:16 left.

Crosby answered with a 33-yarder with 1:08 left, but the Eagles recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Love finished 6-of-9 for 113 yards and Watson had four catches for 110 yards.

Kenneth Gainwell’s 4-yard TD run capped the opening drive of the game by the Eagles.

Rodgers’ first pick led to a 15-yard TD run by Sanders and a 13-0 lead for Philadelphia.

AJ Dillon’s 20-yard TD run put the Packers on the board. Rodgers’ 11-yard strike to Randall Cobb put them in front, 14-13.

Sanders scored from 2 yards out on the first snap of the second quarter to move the Eagles back on top 20-14.

After Quay Walker’s 63-yard fumble return, Rodgers tied it up with a 23-yard TD to Aaron Jones.

With 13 seconds left, Hurts’ 30-yard TD to Quez Watkins gave Philadelphia a 27-20 lead at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (oblique) exits game vs. Eagles

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers headed to the locker room with an oblique injury with 2:03 left in the third quarter of Green Bay’s game against the host Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Rodgers was grimacing in pain before leaving with the trainers, who had examined his ribs following Green Bay’s first possession of the second half.

Rodgers completed 11 of 16 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before leaving the game with the Eagles leading 34-23.

He is questionable to return.

Rodgers, the four-time league MVP, has been playing most of the season with a broken right thumb. He entered Sunday having completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,542 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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Packers OL Sean Rhyan suspended six games for PED violation

Green Bay Packers rookie offensive lineman Sean Rhyan has been suspended for six games without pay after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Friday.

Rhyan was a third-round pick (92nd overall) out of UCLA in the 2022 UCLA draft.

Rhyan has yet to play a snap on the offensive line this season. The lone snap he has played came on special teams against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6.

Rhyan will be eligible to return to the 53-man roster the day after Green Bay’s regular-season finale against the Lions. If the Packers miss the playoffs, he is done for the season.

Also, Green Bay linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) is doubtful for Sunday’s road game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) are questionable.

As expected, Receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) will miss his third straight game.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) evades Indianapolis Colts defenders on a fourth down play Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Desperate Packers take shot at suddenly mortal Eagles

After a pristine 8-0 start, the Philadelphia Eagles have some things to tidy up heading into Sunday night’s visit from Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles (9-1) followed a Week 10 home loss to Washington by rallying for a late 17-16 win last Sunday at Indianapolis.

“When you have to win like that and it’s got to be grimy and gritty, that’s who we are,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said of the win against the Colts. “We are nasty. We are physical. That’s the type of team we are.”

Philadelphia trailed at halftime in the last two games after leading at the break in each of the first eight. The Eagles also turned the ball over four times against the Commanders and twice more against the Colts, after committing only three turnovers combined through the first eight contests.

Such trends are a bit worrying entering the Week 12 primetime clash against the somewhat desperate Packers (4-7), but the NFC-leading Eagles prefer to focus on the resiliency they showed against the Colts.

Down 13-3 entering the fourth quarter, Jalen Hurts threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins with 13:31 to play and rushed up the middle for the go-ahead, 7-yard score with 1:20 left.

“You have to find a way to win,” Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. “That’s what it is. That’s all that matters. Find a way to win. For us to be where we are speaks to the character we have here. We’re going to fight you to the very end. That’s what this team is all about.”

After showing some fight with a 31-28 overtime win against Dallas in Week 10, Green Bay lacked offensive punch in a 27-17 home loss to Tennessee on Nov. 17. The Packers were held to 56 rushing yards and 271 total yards by the Titans, who never trailed.

Still dealing with an injured right thumb — which he admitted was broken at the end of a Week 5 loss against the New York Giants, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 227 yards with two touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson in the Thursday night loss to Tennessee. That gave Watson five TD catches in the span of five days.

“He’s playing really well, and I think he’s figuring out how he fits into this offense and he’s staying on the field,” fellow receiver Randall Cobb said of Watson, a 2022 second-round pick.

Following three consecutive 13-win regular seasons under head coach Matt LaFleur, barring a rebound the Packers appear poised to miss the playoffs for just the fourth time in Rodgers’ 15 seasons as the starter.

Rodgers isn’t giving up. After games at Philadelphia and at Chicago, Green Bay has a bye week before playing three of its last four at Lambeau Field.

“We gotta play up to our potential,” Rodgers said after losing to the Titans. “If we play up to our potential, we can win our last six games. I’m confident of that.”

Offensive linemen David Bakhtiari (knee), Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Rasheed Walker (illness) did not practice for the Packers on Wednesday. Neither did linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee), safeties Rudy Ford (illness) and Tariq Carpenter (illness) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle).

The Eagles held a walk-through practice on Wednesday and cornerback Josh Jobe (hamstring) was the only player on the injury report, listed as a limited participant. He has not played since Week 9.

–Field Level Media