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Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields cleared, will begin at QB versus Packers

Justin Fields will get back to his beginning role at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, coach Matt Nagy reported Wednesday.

Fields has missed the Bears’ past two games with an injury to his ribs, however Nagy said Wednesday that the new kid on the rookie has been medically cleared.

Nagy said Fields’ fractured ribs have completely mended.

“This comes down to, for him — like I’ve been saying the whole time — it’s a pain deal that we can’t really simulate. We go off what he says; we go off what our doctors say. When he’s fully cleared like he is, then we’re ready to rock and roll. He’s the starter when he’s healthy, and that’s where we’re at,” Nagy said.

Fields said Wednesday that he can finally relax and is prepared to play.

“I mean, yeah, there’s pain there, but I mean, the pain’s just not unbearable,” Fields told reporters. “I know there’s gonna be pain there but I mean, it is what it is. You have three cracked ribs, of course there’s gonna be pain. As long as it’s just not crazy pain where I can’t bear it, I’m gonna play and practice.”

Andy Dalton began the past two weeks instead of Fields however harmed his non-throwing hand in Sunday’s misfortune to the Arizona Cardinals, a game wherein he threw four interceptions.

Nagy said that the decision to begin Fields did not depend on Dalton’s injury and that he isn’t sure if Dalton or Nick Foles will be the reinforcement to Fields for Sunday’s game.

Fields, the No. 11 pick in the current year’s draft, has finished 58.1% of his pass attempts this season, throwing for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions in 10 games. He additionally has scrambled for two scores this season.

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Aaron Rodgers says he doesn’t want ‘a farewell tour’ during what might be last season with the Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers will get ready for the Green Bay Packers this coming season, which might be the most astonishing result of this offseason saga. After months where maybe he made light of his keep going for the association, the NFL’s reigning MVP had the option to meet up with the Packers to resolve a street for him to play for Green Bay in 2021. While that might have gotten Rodgers for the prompt, anything beyond this year remains – as he once portrayed – a “beautiful mystery.”

The rebuilt contract that was settled upon to retouch the fence with Rodgers permits him the chance to leave the association following this year. Given that the club has Jordan Love standing ready behind Rodgers, this has every one of the makings of a “last dance” for the star quarterback in Green Bay. In spite of that, Rodgers made it clear on Wednesday that he doesn’t want his expected flight to spill into a season-long sendoff.

“I don’t want a farewell tour,” said Rodgers, via ESPN. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season, but I’m going to enjoy it with the right perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of all of it.”

Truly, Rodgers’ attitude heading into the 2021 season may not be really not quite the same as how he was thinking in 2020. In the aftermath of the Packers drafting Love in the first round, Rodgers conceded that he felt at times that last year would be his final season with Green Bay, regardless on the off chance that he proceeded to win league MVP or not.

“The reason I approached it like that is I just knew when the pick was made that the clock had started, for sure,” Rodgers said. “And I thought unless there was something in the season that really made me feel like I’m going to be here past 2021 that maybe this would be my last year. I didn’t want to be going into a year with some sort of … as a lame duck, like I said. I didn’t think that was fair to what I accomplished and what I mean to this team, and nothing really changed in that regard. I went into the offseason, that [it] could have been it.

“I’m glad that I enjoyed every moment, I’m glad that I led exactly the way I wanted to lead and looked for those conversations with certain guys that needed a pick-me-up at different times. I took the headphones off and enjoyed the surroundings and the road trips and the time with the guys. Yeah, it’s a good template, for sure.”

The Packers are indeed situated to be a significant player in 2021. At Caesars Sportsbook, Green Bay is tied for the fourth-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI. In case they can at last break through the ceiling to falling in the NFC Championship for as long as two years and win a second title under Rodgers, that would be an incredible method to end this amazing time if this really proves to be the stopping point.

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Green Bay Packers’ best five receivers join Aaron Rodgers in skipping the beginning of OTAs

Aaron Rodgers was not expected to appear for the beginning of voluntary coordinated team activities. Instead, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and his life partner, actress Shailene Woodley, have seemed, by all accounts, to be having incredible time traveling in Hawaii dependent via social media posts.

Yet, the Packers likewise were without their best five receivers at Tuesday’s session.

Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown left backup quarterback Jordan Love to work with a makeshift receiving corps, Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com reports.

So did they remain away in fortitude with Rodgers?

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he spoke with the five wideouts, and the idea of an organized exertion to skirt the practice sessions won’t ever come up.

“I think, as a coach, you always want as many guys that choose to show up here,” LaFleur said, via Schneidman. “I think there’s a lot of team chemistry, which is so important in winning and losing in this league and just learning how to play together, learning how to practice together, setting the standards for this football team. So certainly, yeah, you’d love to have everybody here.”

Cornerback Jaire Alexander, left tackle David Bakhtiari, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, cornerback Ka’dar Hollman and cornerback Stanford Samuels likewise didn’t go to Tuesday’s work, as per Schneidman. Tight end Josiah Deguara, cornerback Kevin King and quarterback Blake Bortles were available yet were either restricted or not partaking.

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Green Bay Packers perform pair of promotions while rounding out coaching staff

The Green Bay Packers settled their coaching staff Monday while declaring a handful of changes, including a couple of promotions to “coordinator” titles to reward assistants who had great 2020 seasons.

The Packers advanced defensive backs mentor Jerry Gray to the defensive pass-game organizer. Gray, whom Matt LaFleur hired a year prior to coach defensive backs, will hold his duties in the secondary.

Offensive line coach Adam Stenavich likewise was elevated to the offensive run-game coordinator. Stenavich will keep coaching the offensive line, which was one of the NFL’s best units last season notwithstanding being ravaged with wounds.

The Packers additionally elevated Rayna Stewart to aide extraordinary teams coach and Connor Lewis to special teams assistant/game management specialist. Both will work under new extraordinary teams coordinator Maurice Drayton, who was promoted from assistant special teams coach after the season.

LaFleur hired John Dunn as a senior investigator, Justin Hood as a defensive quality control coach, Ryan Mahaffey as an offensive quality control coach, and Tim Zetts as an offensive quality control coach.