The Bears’ road to the 2013 playoffs got significantly more difficult mid-Monday when Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy announced that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start against the Bears.
Rodgers took first-team snaps in the individual portion of practice, then split team reps with Matt Flynn, according to various reports out of Green Bay. Rodgers has not played since going out with a broken collarbone in the Nov. 4 game with the Bears.
“Every football player who plays in this game Sunday will have risk.,” McCarthy said. “We’ve gone through our due diligence, done our evaluations and we feel Aaron is ready to play.”
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The Bears have beaten the Packers only three times since Rodgers became the Green Bay starting quarterback and only twice when he was the Packers’ quarterback at game’s end. Each of the wins was engineered by a different Bears quarterback.
Cutler got his lone win over Green Bay in 2010 when the Packers had 18 penalties called against them. This year’s win came behind Josh McCown after Rodgers walked off with team medical staff after a sack by Shea McClellin resulted in Rodgers’ broken collarbone.
Kyle Orton got the Bears past Rodgers and the Packers in Game 15 of the 2008 season. The Bears then proceeded to miss the playoffs because of a loss at Houston the following week.