Rodgers eyes Week 14 return vs. Falcons

Updated: November 28, 2013, 12:06 PM ET news services

Aaron Rodgers hopes to be back for the Green Bay Packers‘ December stretch run for the playoffs.

Rodgers was officially listed as inactive for Thursday’s contest against the Detroit Lions, marking the fourth consecutive game that the star quarterback will miss because of his injured collarbone.

But Rodgers told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman before Thursday’s game that he hopes to play on Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rodgers told Holtzman that he is not completely certain that his fractured collarbone, which has not been X-rayed recently, is completely healed. The former league MVP said he is concerned about his strength and flexibility — and he thinks he will regain them in time to return against the Falcons.

Rodgers returned to practice this past Tuesday, just over three weeks after suffering the injury against the Chicago Bears. Rodgers said Thursday that he felt good following Tuesday’s practice, when he took part in individual drills.

Matt Flynn will start at quarterback Thursday for the Packers (5-5-1), who have struggled mightily in Rodgers’ absence. Green Bay has gone 0-3-1 in its last four games, using three different quarterbacks to replace Rodgers.

Flynn replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien in last Sunday’s tie against the Minnesota Vikings. Tolzien, who will serve as Green Bay’s backup Thursday, and the injured Seneca Wallace also have started for the Packers while Rodgers has been sidelined.

But despite their recent struggles, the Packers still are in contention for the NFC North title, along with the Lions (6-5) and Bears (6-5).

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