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Packers officially rule Aaron Rodgers out

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Aaron Rodgers felt good enough to make some jokes in the Packers locker room on Friday, but he’s not ready to play football again.

The Packers ruled Rodgers out on Saturday after the medical staff did not clear him for the game. Rodgers is expected to still make the trip to New England, but Graham Harrell was activated off the team’s practice squad. Harrell will back up Matt Flynn on Sunday.

Rodgers is expected to be on the sideline to help Flynn during the game. The team placed safety Anthony Smith on injured reserve to clear roster space for Harrell.

It’s disappointing news for anyone that wanted to see Rodgers vs. Brady on Sunday night, but it doesn’t crush the Packers’ playoff hopes.

Even if the Bears clinch the NFC North Monday night, the Packers have a reasonable path to a Wild Card spot if they could win their final two games against the Giants and Bears.