The Packers aren’t ruling out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game against the Falcons even though the star quarterback hasn’t yet been medically cleared to play since breaking his left collarbone a month ago.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers will practice Wednesday in a limited fashion but that backup Matt Flynn would take the snaps with the starters.
Speaking on his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Rodgers confirmed he had an X-ray and CT scan earlier in the day and acknowledged that the outlook wasn’t as promising as he’d hoped when he met with team physician Pat McKenzie.
‘‘I trust Doc McKenzie. When I'm ready to play and everyone is on board, then I'm going to play,’’ he said. ‘‘I know there’s a rush to get back out there. I feel it internally, but also externally. I desperately want to be out there, but it has to look good.’’
The Packers announced the signing of running back Kahlil Bell, and to clear a spot for him, the team released second-year safety Jerron McMillian , a fourth-round pick out of Maine in 2012.
Worries in St. Louis
The owners of the Edward Jones Dome said they are hopeful the Rams won’t leave after St. Louis leaders rejected $700 million in publicly funded upgrades sought by the team under a clause some officials now regret signing. The Rams can break their 30-year lease after the 2014 season — a decade early — but have said little about their plans beyond expressing an interest to stay . . . After more than a decade of planning, dealing, and pleading, the $1 billion project centering on a new stadium for the Vikings began Tuesday with a formal groundbreaking in downtown Minneapolis. The public is on the hook for roughly half the cost: $498 million.
A magnitude 1 or 2 quake was recorded in the Seattle area during Michael Bennett’s 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Seahawks’ 34-7 win over the Saints on Monday night. The game registered on seismic instruments several other times. In winning their 14th straight home game, an official from Guinness World Records measured the crowd noise at a record 137.6 decibels . . . Lions linebacker and special teams player Travis Lewis was suspended for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Lewis, 25, is in his second season after being drafted in the seventh round in 2012 . . . The Jets have placed kick returner-wide receiver Josh Cribbs on injured reserve and signed former Tennessee kick returner Darius Reynaud to replace him. Cribbs injured his right shoulder in the Jets’ 23-3 loss to Miami on Sunday . . . The Titans signed fullback Quinn Johnson and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, and placed fullback Collin Mooney on injured reserve with a knee problem. Shiancoe has caught 243 passes for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons. He played four games for the Patriots last year after spending four seasons with the Giants and five seasons with the Vikings . . . The Chiefs signed defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and released defensive tackle Kyle Love . . . Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel will miss Sunday’s game against Miami after aggravating a left foot injury.