There's no reason to be alarmed or think that Aaron Rodgers won't play on Saturday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers, but the Packers quarterback admitted on his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee on Thursday that he's been sick recently. “I’m not worried about me being sick, I have some good medicine and I’m feeling good, better,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “A couple days ago, I didn’t feel good at all, but I’m feeling progressively better.” Several Packers players have been ridden with the flu recently, such as wide receiver Randall Cobb this week and several members of the offensive line before that, but Rodgers indicates that he didn't catch "the real bad stuff." The worst appears to be behind Rodgers, so unless any further information comes along, any sickness looks to be a moot storyline.
More on Aaron Rodgers and the history of being passed by the 49ers in the NFL Draft is also chronicled at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
In the midst of a Facebook campaign with over 41,000 Packers fans wanting to make Donald Driver active for the playoffs, the popular veteran Packers wide receiver tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he thinks he'll play Saturday night. He's even willing to play special teams, something he hasn't done in a long time in Green Bay. "At practice Wednesday, Driver worked closely with special teams coach Shawn Slocum," writes reporter Tyler Dunne. "One snap, he was inside. One snap, he ran to the 'jammer' position out wide. He's trying to tear down the one barrier that's keeping him off the field - special teams. With wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (ankle) out again, Driver has a shot to be activated against the 49ers." It's a wait-and-see game with Driver. In order to make Driver active, someone else would have to be inactive. And the Packers might not want to do that with a guy like linebacker Terrell Manning who played a big role in the win over the Vikings last week.
Among the other wide receivers on the team, it's looking as if Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be playing against the 49ers. "Randall Cobb has the flu and Jordy Nelson has an ankle injury, but the Green Bay Packers are about as healthy as a team can be at this point in the season," writes Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "Even those two wide receivers will be well enough for Saturday night's divisional round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers." Mike McCarthy said he anticipates that both Cobb and Nelson will play, and there's no reason to think they won't at this point.
The 49ers have ended their kicking competition. They'll be going with David Akers, their veteran they've relied upon all season. "Whereas the 38-year-old Akers has missed four of his last 10 kicks, (Mason) Crosby has made five of five," writes Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. "At Minnesota in the regular-season finale, Crosby was good from 51 and 40 yards – the former his first 50-plus field goal since Week 2." There will definitely be attention on the kickers should either of them miss a field goal on Saturday, and a lot of second guessing.
Linebacker Terrell Manning and his big game against the Vikings gets some attention from Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Offensive coordinator Tom Clements interviewed Thursday for the Chicago Bears head coaching gig.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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