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Packers Daily Links: Rodgers Feeling Under the Weather

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 “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

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.

More on the Packers wide receivers comes from JSOnline and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

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.

More on the kickers comes from the Journal Sentinel, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Linebacker Terrell Manning and his big game against the Vikings gets some attention from Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has articles on DuJuan Harris, Frank Gore and the Packers in the shotgun formation.

Offensive coordinator Tom Clements interviewed Thursday for the Chicago Bears head coaching gig.

Video: WBAY catches up with Packers fans traveling to San Francisco...

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

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Tundrabum's picture

Grrrr... should have had the whole damn team encased in Purell right after the Vikings win.

A-rodg's Mustache's picture

Not worried at all about AR. IN fact I smell a Micheal Jordan "flu" game comming on.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

First thing that came to my mind.

A-rodg's Mustache's picture

fitz im betting we are a lot alike. I bet you havent gotten shit done all week and would rather just go to sleep and wake up just before kickoff. Thats what I have been saying to co-workers all week. lol

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

LMFAO. If I could've pressed a button and made that happen this week... In a heartbeat. Soon my friend. Soon.

Ardoge's Mustace's picture

Not soon enough fitzy, not soon enough...
t-minus 7 hours to go...
I think I will take a nap..

Tarynfor12's picture

I just don't understand the get Driver activated because we love him crusade.

I love my ATM card but I don't want to use/activate it purely for loves sake..both do one thing..cost you to use it.

Evan's picture

If you really loved your ATM card as you say you'd release it for someone else to use.

But only after throwing it a farewell party.

TT's atm card's picture

But the ATM card might then wind up in the hands of your poor neighbors to the west or south. One of them will use that ATM card to purchase a large dog that will bite you. And then all your kids will complain, "Why did you let the ATM card go for free?"

TC Huddle's picture

Pains us to say it about our hated rivals, but the Pro Bowl system is clearly broken when the Vikings and Bears are tied for second most players in NFC heading to Hawaii, and the division winning Packers are only sending half as many. It pains us to say it, but it's true.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Who cares? The PB and PB voting is an absolute joke. Has been for years. I don't need that as validation "my" players are among the best. I have two functioning eye balls.

Randy's picture

I'm a bit worried about this flu going around. I caught the Lambeau Bug after the Lions game, and it knocked me on my behind for two weeks.

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