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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers cleared to return from broken collarbone

Aaron Rodgers has received medical clearance to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers got the good news they’d hoped for all week. Late Tuesday night, quarterback Aaron Rodgers received medical clearance to return from the broken collarbone he suffered back in Week 6. Rodgers announced the results on social media.

The Packers had expected a decision on Rodgers’ availability for Sunday’s game to come Tuesday night. With Rodgers now back in the fold, the team’s playoff outlook receives a needed boost, especially considering the remaining schedule. Green Bay travels to take on the Carolina Panthers this week, followed by a home rematch with the division-leading Minnesota Vikings and a season finale against the Detroit Lions. If the Packers manage to win all three, they have a good (but not guaranteed) shot a wild-card berth.

Rodgers’ collarbone hasn’t likely healed completely at this point in the recovery process. However, due to a surgery that installed multiple plates and 13 screws in his shoulder, the bone has apparently stabilized enough to satisfy the medical staff. Rodgers hasn’t appeared in a game since mid-October, but he has taken part in practice the past two weeks.

Once the Packers officially activate Rodgers, they must make a corresponding roster move. That’s a mere formality, however. The two-time MVP is back.