Nick Wright's reasonable expectations for Aaron Rodgers this weekend

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Rodgers broke his collarbone after he sustained a hit to his left shoulder by linebacker Anthony Barr in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15.

"It's been a long road. but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return", Rodgers wrote on Tuesday night. We saw Aaron Rodgers miss nearly the exact same amount of time in 2013.

It had been an on-schedule recovery for Rodgers following his October 19 surgery in California, where he had screws and plates inserted into his right clavicle.

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From the first time he was seen doing some drills off to the side a month ago to his first public throwing session before the November 26 game in Pittsburgh to running the scout team in practice last week, Rodgers has impressed his coaches and teammates along the way. He called Rodgers' mental toughness "probably his greatest asset", and he saw Rodgers applying the same intensity to his rehab and recovery that he normally applies during game preparation. "But obviously having one of the greatest players in the game right now makes us better as a football team". "Not only him being out there, but also the shot in the arm as we talk about him coming back".

The Packers are 7-6 after backup Brett Hundley led the team to an overtime win against the Browns in Week 14.

There should be no fitness issues, as Rodgers could have been running and working out the past 4-6 weeks. "It's going to be a playoff-type atmosphere and that's what we're getting ready for".

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However, they will nearly certainly go back to their pass-heavy ways with Rodgers now back.

That said, Rivera likely had the Panthers defense game-planning around Rodgers all week.

It's huge timing for the Packers, who are 7-6.

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Rodgers knows that won't cut it in these last three games, and he's back to give them a spark.

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