Player News - Packers

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Packers activated Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) from injured reserve.

This was expected after Rodgers was medically cleared on Tuesday. He will start against the Panthers in Week 15 and provide a significant boost to all receiving options. Rodgers is Rotoworld's No. 4 ranked quarterback this week and is a must- start in a good matchup.
Dec 16 - 12:13 PM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky believes Jamaal Williams is clearly "the Packers' workhorse running back."

Even with the return of RB Aaron Jones, Williams is expected to remain the leader in this backfield. In Week 14 Williams out-snapped Jones 48-to-2. The Packers will likely throw more with Aaron Rodgers returning, but Williams' upside remains intact as long as he continues to dominate snaps. He's a RB2 in a tough matchup against the Panthers in Week 15.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 16 - 12:06 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is "preparing to play" Week 15 against the Panthers.

Rodgers was medically cleared to return to the field late Tuesday night and should be under center Sunday against the Panthers. Brett Hundley had some flashes in Rodgers' absence but was more bad than good, and Rodgers' return gives the 7-6 Packers a shot to sneak into the playoffs. The schedule won't be easy, particularly starting this week in Charlotte against the Panthers.
Dec 13 - 1:23 PM

Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) announced he's been medically cleared to return.

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return," Rodgers announced Tuesday night. "Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks." Rodgers' Week 15 status had been up in the air earlier in the day, but this seems to point to him being under center against the Panthers this week. The 7-6 Packers have treaded water in Rodgers' absence and now have a chance to run the table and get into the playoffs with arguably the league's best passer back in action. Jordy Nelson also gets a huge boost back up the receiver ranks with Rodgers back. Davante Adams remains a WR2. The Vikings and Lions are on the schedule after Carolina.
Dec 12 - 10:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "it's difficult to predict" if Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will play Week 15 against the Panthers.

Rapoport reports Rodgers' broken collarbone is not fully healed, but it was not expected to be by this point. As long as it is "80-percent healed," Rodgers could be cleared to play, but Rapoport adds there are people in the organization who are not interested in risking a re-injury for a small chance at a playoff berth. That is not surprising considering how cautious the Packers usually are with injuries. At best, Rodgers looks 50-50 to suit up this weekend.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 12 - 11:59 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy remained noncommittal on Monday when asked about Aaron Rodgers' (collarbone) Week 15 availability.

McCarthy said he's expecting a final decision to come from team Dr. Pat McKenzie on Tuesday. "In (Rodgers') mind, he's ready to go if you watch him process," said McCarthy. "But this is a medical decision. Dr. McKenzie is in touch with a number of medical experts." Rodgers underwent a CT scan on Monday, and doctors are still evaluating the results. Rodgers has reportedly impressed in practice, but he won't be cleared to play until his collarbone has fully healed.
Dec 11 - 4:56 PM

Packers CB Davon House has been diagnosed with a transverse process fracture in his back.

Although it sounds bad, it's typically a 1-2 week injury. House was already playing through a shoulder issue, however, so it's possible he misses more time. There are only three games left. House's absence makes an already-burnable secondary that much more attackable.
Dec 11 - 2:26 PM

Jamaal Williams played 50-of-76 (66 percent) snaps Week 14 against the Browns.

Aaron Jones only played eight a week after being out-snapped 48-to-2 by Williams. Even with Jones healthy, this is very clearly Williams' backfield, and that role should only become more valuable with Aaron Rodgers expected to return this week. Even in a tough matchup against the Panthers, Williams will be an upside RB2.
Dec 11 - 11:04 AM

Aaron Jones rushed four times for -2 yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Jones played just seven snaps and did not receive a target in the passing game. This all but cements Jones' status as a true backup and halts any hopes of creating a timeshare or committee to end the season in the Green Bay backfield. Jones can safely be dropped in leagues if he hasn't been already.
Dec 10 - 5:08 PM

Randall Cobb caught all eight of his targets for 39 yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Browns.

The eight catches were the most for Cobb in a game since Week 1, but he was more of an extension of the running game as he averaged just 4.9 yards per catch. Cobb may get a boost next week to WR3/flex status against the Panthers if Aaron Rodgers returns, but he'll remain a low-ceiling option regardless.
Dec 10 - 5:05 PM

Jordy Nelson caught 4-of-5 targets for 33 yards in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Browns.

This was par for the course for Nelson with Brett Hundley under center. Nelson has fallen off the map as a fantasy asset as he has now has posted 35 yards or fewer in all seven of Hundley's starts on the season. If Aaron Rodgers returns next week, he will re-enter the discussion as a fantasy option, but is not usable as long Hundley remains the quarterback.
Dec 10 - 4:58 PM

Davante Adams caught 10-of-14 targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 14 game versus the Browns.

Adams was relatively quiet all game before catching four passes for 35 yards and both of his touchdowns over the final two minutes of regulation and the opening drive of overtime. Adams caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on a back-shoulder throw with 17 seconds left in the game to send the game to an extra frame and then turned a short slant on a third down play into a 25-yard game-winning touchdown in which he shed multiple tackles. Adams was the lone Packers' wide receiver that has survived Brett Hundley taking over, catching five of Hundley's eight touchdown passes on the season. Whether or not Aaron Rodgers returns next week, Adams will be a WR2 option against the Panthers.
Dec 10 - 4:50 PM

Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 49 yards and a touchdown while catching all seven of his targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Browns.

This was particularly positive for Williams as he put up a big day despite the Packers trailing for the entirety of the game. His seven catches were a season high, starting off with a 30-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive of the game in which he got behind the Cleveland defense uncovered after Brett Hundley extended the play. Williams then added a 1-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter that he set up himself with his longest run of the afternoon. Williams once again dominated touches in the backfield, having 22 touches to four for Aaron Jones as the backfield is completely his at this point. Williams runs into a tough Carolina run defense next weekend, but will still be a solid volume-based RB2 option that can get a boost if Aaron Rodgers returns.
Dec 10 - 4:41 PM

Brett Hundley completed 35-of-46 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns while adding 31 yards rushing on seven carries in Sunday’s Week 14 win over the Browns.

Hundley was nondescript in the first half, completing 8-of-13 passes for 80 yards and a score before the break, but then led touchdown drives on each of the final three possessions of the game to overcome a 21-7 deficit. Hundley’s first score came on the opening drive of the game in which he scrambled to his right and found an uncovered Jamaal Williams for a 30-yard pass. His final two touchdowns both went to Davante Adams, the first of which was the game-tying score with 17 seconds left in the game on a back-shoulder dart. After a Cleveland turnover, he hit Adams again on a slant that was just setting up the game-winning field goal attempt, but Adams turned it into a 25-yard score to end the game. With Aaron Rodgers eligible to come off of injured reserve this week, it remains to be seen if Hundley will start next week against the Panthers, but he did his part in keeping the Packers playoff hopes alive on Sunday.
Dec 10 - 4:35 PM

Packers CB Davon House is officially out for the remainder of Sunday's game versus the Browns.

House reached for his lower back while in coverage late in the third quarter and was carted off the field. The Packers wasted no time ruling out for the game after immediately heading to the locker room. House was surprisingly active Sunday after missing nearly the entire week of practice with a shoulder injury.
Dec 10 - 3:37 PM


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