by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out Week 14.
Rodgers was able to return to practice this week, but did not take starter reps. He's missed the past four games due to a collarbone injury, but does appear to be closer to making his return.
No update on Aaron Rodgers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/5/13) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to return to practice Thursday, but head coach Mike McCarthy didn't offer any updates on a possible return.
McCarthy said there was "no more clarity" regarding whether Rodgers would be ready to return Week 14. He added that Rodgers was a step closer, and has starting increased his work in the weight room.
Aaron Rodgers in pads Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/5/13) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to practice in pads Thursday.
It was the first time Rodgers practiced in pads since he broke his collarbone. Despite the progress, Rodgers did not take many of the starting reps. Both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien received more starting snaps.
Decision on Aaron Rodgers coming Friday or Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he'll know by Friday or Saturday at the latest whether he can play against the Falcons, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Rodgers participated in individual drills Wednesday but has not been cleared to play.
"I don’t want to put any chances on it," he told the paper. "I think it’s a collaborative thing where we have to make sure we’re all on the same page and get cleared medically before I can get on the field."
Rodgers broke his collarbone a month ago. He reportedly threw well at practice, and said his arm strength and range of motion are fine. If doctors don't clear him, Matt Flynn would get another start.
Aaron Rodgers throwing with 'lots of zip'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to individual drills Wednesday and threw with "lots of zip on the ball," reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Rodgers, who broke his collarbone four weeks ago, has not been cleared to play.
If Rodgers can't play Sunday vs. Atlanta, he could return Week 15 at Dallas.
12/05/2013 15:15 Week 14 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
If there was ever a week to optimize your lineups for success, it's Week 14. Our Jamey Eisenberg spotlights Bobby Rainey and others in his latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Last year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the ultimate "safe" pick to take in Round 1. This year he's still that guy, but you should be able to find him in Round 2 or later. His production took a small dip in 2012 -- most notably his yards per pass attempt dropped by about a yard and a half -- but he still finished as the second-best quarterback in Fantasy Football and had an incredible eight games with at least 30 Fantasy points. No one had more, but he also had some weak outings, recording five games with 16 or fewer points (this is in standard-scoring leagues). That's to be expected, but Rodgers -- a consensus must-start quarterback -- had just nine games with 20 or more points, fifth-best among all passers. For an elite talent a little more might be expected. Drew Brees was more consistent and produced more Fantasy points last year -- he's someone worth considering over Rodgers. And Rodgers has some issues with his offensive line (left tackle Bryan Bulaga is out for the year) and at receiver (Greg Jennings is gone and Jordy Nelson had knee surgery in August). Still, Rodgers should thrive, especially once Nelson returns, and he remains a Top 3 quarterback in all leagues. Look for him to be drafted in Round 2 at the earliest, and if he falls to Round 4 or later consider it a steal. (Updated 8/6/13)