Aaron Rodgers would rather not let the “Will he-or-won’t he” questions linger until Sunday.
The Packers’ franchise quarterback expects a decision Friday – Saturday tops – whether he’ll be medically cleared to face the Atlanta Falcons in a game crucial to the team’s dwindling playoff prospects.
“It’s a medical decision. There were three parts to it: the strength, the range of motion and the evidence that we see on the scan. Two out of three are passed so far,” Rodgers said Wednesday.
It was the results of the scan on the fractured left collarbone that disappointed Rodgers earlier in the week. He’s healing, but the outlook wasn’t as promising as he hoped.
If he can’t go, Matt Flynn is back in again. Rodgers doesn’t want his backup waiting until game time to learn that he’s the starter.
“No, I don’t think that’s fair to Matt if we do that.”
PANTHERS: Expects to have their sack leader and leading rusher back from injuries when it faces the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams returned to practice Wednesday.
Johnson, who has 8.5 sacks, missed the past two games with a strained right knee after being leg-whipped by New England’s Marcus Cannon.
Williams, who has 610 yards rushing, missed Sunday’s 27-6 victory over Tampa Bay with a quad contusion suffered against Miami.
COLTS: Daniel Adongo finally feels comfortable playing football in America.
He’s figured out the lingo and nuances of the sport. Now the African rugby star turned NFL linebacker will get to show the football world how far he’s come.
One day after being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Adongo would be used primarily on special teams against the Bengals on Sunday – his first football game of any kind.
VIKINGS: Matt Cassel is on track to start this week at quarterback, with Christian Ponder recovering from a concussion.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Cassel “more than likely” will start instead of Ponder when the Vikings play at Baltimore on Sunday. Cassel took over late in the second quarter last week when Ponder was hit in the head and passed for 243 yards in half of a game to help the Vikings beat Chicago in overtime.
Frazier said Ponder had yet to pass all of the post-concussion tests. Even if he can practice Thursday, that’s not much time for a quarterback to properly prepare. Frazier said Josh Freeman will be the backup to Cassel, who has started two games and relieved Ponder in three others.