According to the Twitter account of FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Paul Imig, a source is telling him that the Green Bay Packers will announce that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Here is his earlier tweet:
#Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers WILL start Sunday vs. Bears, according to a source.
— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) December 26, 2013
There are two things to keep in mind here. The first is that until the team officially announces it, this is still speculation. Imig, however, has proven a credible source when it comes to Packers news.
The second is that I need to get out of the predictions business. Earlier this week during my Quick Hits post, I tossed out a few predictions that I had for the Packers this season and into the next few. If Rodgers does, in fact, start, I’m already wrong on one of the biggest topics that I took a stab at. But this is hardly about me and I think many of us already knew I’m not always right so on we move.
Rodgers has missed the team’s last seven games and eight if you include most of the first meeting with the Bears, in which he was injured. That’s half of this season. Rodgers’ return would surely give this team a boost, after watching them flail through the first month without #12 in uniform. The questions may now turn from “will he play?” to “how will he play?”. Sure, it’s Aaron Rodgers and he is likely to come in and offer more than any other quarterback on the Packers roster can. But after missing two months, how long will Rodgers need to get back into a groove?
The answer is unknown but Rodgers did take the practice reps, on Thursday, that normally go to the starter. However long it may take Rodgers to return to form, it can’t be too long if the Packers want a chance of winning Sunday’s game in Chicago and making the postseason. This is a “win and you’re in” scenario with the loser going home.
Stay tuned for more and as the team moves closer to announcing Rodgers’ status for Sunday’s game. A return against the same team who knocked him out and with a chance to win the NFC North on the line? The media outlets have to be overjoyed for this late holiday gift!——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: