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Packers news on the QB and a tough release

Green Bay Packers
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(WNFL) - Aaron Rodgers said he expected to be medically-cleared to play in a game by now -- and he's not.  The Green Bay Packers' quarterback had X-rays and bone scans yesterday.  Team doctors checked the status of the broken collarbone Rodgers' suffered a month ago tonight against Chicago.  Later in the day, coach Mike McCarthy said he's not ruling Rodgers out for Sunday's home game against Atlanta -- but Matt Flynn will be prepared as the starter, at least for today's practice.  Rodgers said his on weekly E-S-P-N-Milwaukee radio show yesterday that the tests were quote, "not the greatest news."  However, he said there's still time before Sunday's game to further his recovery.  McCarthy said Rodgers would practice today, but Flynn would take the snaps with the first-team offense.  Green Bay's scoring offense has plunged by 51-percent since Rodgers went out -- and the Packer defense feels the sting as well, giving up 126-percent more rushing yards.  Green Bay is 5-6-and-1 going into Sunday's contest, one-and-a-half games back in the N-F-C North with four-to-play.  Atlanta comes is at 3-and-9.

Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to see safety Jerron McMillian leave.  The second-year pro was let go yesterday, so his roster spot could be taken by veteran running back Kahlil Bell whom the Packers signed.  Earlier this season, McMillian was a starter in place of the injured Morgan Burnett.  When Burnett returned, McMillian shared time with M-D Jennings -- but he kept getting demoted as he began to struggle.  In the last few weeks, McMillian had played only on special teams.  He was a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, and McCarthy said he had expectations.  The coach called the release a necessary move from a roster standpoint.  Bell, who played three years in Chicago, will be mostly on special teams -- and McCarthy does not rule him out as a kick returner.  Bell is also the third string running back in place of Johnathan Franklin, who was put on injured reserve last week.  Also, the Packers have signed corner Antonio Dennard to their practice squad.  He takes the place of linebacker Victor Aiyewa, who was promoted last week to Green Bay's 53-man roster.

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