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Rodgers expects to face Bears after receiving positive news on rib injury

By Sports Desk November 29, 2022

Aaron Rodgers expects to play when the Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears on Sunday, having received positive news after undergoing a scan on his rib injury.

Rodgers exited last Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter after suffering from "intense pain" in his ribs, and he subsequently underwent an MRI on Monday.

The four-time NFL MVP was worried he had punctured a lung in the aftermath of the Packers' latest defeat, and head coach Matt LaFleur offered a vague response when asked about the quarterback's condition the day after their Week 12 clash.

However, Rodgers looks likely to be available against the Packers' NFC North rivals after using Tuesday's appearance on The Pat McAfee Show to offer a positive update on his fitness.

"I got good news with the scans yesterday, so I plan on playing this week," Rodgers said.

"There was an earlier shot in the game that kind of rattled the rib cage. I was trying to stretch some things out at half-time a little bit, and realised it probably wasn't some sort of muscle injury. 

"Then I got hit again in the third quarter and was just having a hard time breathing. 

"I pride myself on not coming out of games and I've played through a lot of different things over the years, some that got attention, some that haven't got attention. 

"But I was in some considerable pain and I feel like I just couldn't move out there really much at all. I wanted to go in and make sure it wasn't something really, really serious."

Rodgers has been playing with a broken thumb on his throwing arm for the last six weeks, and his latest injury setback sparked fears he could be ruled out for the remainder of 2022.

With the Packers struggling to a 4-8 record this season, Rodgers has recorded a 64.8 per cent completion rate, while his nine interceptions represent his highest total across a single campaign since 2010 (11).

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