The two-time MVP is eligible to return from injured reserve this Sunday against the Panthers. 

By Daniel Rapaport
December 12, 2017

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he's been cleared to return to football in the caption of a picture he posted to Instagram on Tuesday night. 

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return," the two-time league MVP wrote. "Thanks for all the love, supoprt, prayers and well wishes over the past 8 weeks." 

​The clearance comes after Rodgers underwent a scan of his collarbone on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

On Oct. 15, in a Week 6 loss to the Vikings, Rodgers broke his collarbone when Minnesotra linebacker Anthony Barr drove him to the ground after a pass. Rodgers had surgery and was put on injured reserve with a designation to return; a player must be on injured reserve for eight weeks before he can return, which makes Sunday's matchup with the Panthers the first game Rodgers is eligible to play. 

Rodgers returned to practice on Dec. 2, though coach Mike McCarthy has yet to say whether Rodgers will start on Sunday.

Backup quarterback Brett Hundley has led Green Bay to two wins in a row and is 3-4 in the games he started. A fourth-quarter comeback from a 21-7 deficit on Sunday against the Browns got the Packers to 7-6 and kept them alive in the NFC playoff race, though all three of the Packers' remaining games (at Panthers, vs. Vikings, at Lions) come against teams with winning records. 

Rodgers threw for 1,385 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions in the six games he appeared in this season. The Packers were 4-2 in those games.  

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