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Nick Perry

He's back: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers preps to play Panthers

The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return.

News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later than coach Mike McCarthy hoped — but well worth the wait for the playoff-hopeful Packers.

Rodgers is in line to start this weekend against the Carolina Panthers.

"The strength and the flexibility came back the quickest," Rodgers said after practice Wednesday. "It was just waiting on the bone to be ready to play."

That clearance finally came on Tuesday night. He didn't want to go...

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