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Rodgers cleared to return vs. Panthers

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(TSX / STATS) -- The uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be ready to return this week was resolved Tuesday night when Rodgers announced on Instagram that he was medically cleared to play football.

That presumably means that Rodgers, sidelined the past two months due to a broken right collarbone, will play Sunday in a pivotal game against the Carolina Panthers.

Following a day of consultation with a medical team led by Pat McKenzie, the team physician, Rodgers posted on his Instagram account: "It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return. Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks (heart) and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain"


NFL Network suspends Faulk, 2 others

(TSX / STATS) -- The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and fellow analysts Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October.


WR Britt agrees to 2-year deal with Pats

(TSX / STATS) -- Kenny Britt is getting another shot, and with the defending Super Bowl champions no less.

Britt, a veteran wide receiver who was waived by the Cleveland Browns last Friday, visited with the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., on Tuesday and agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to multiple reports.


Redskins S Cravens eyes '18, Reed on IR

(TSX / STATS) -- Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has received medical clearance to resume football activities and wants to return next season, his agent said in a statement Tuesday.

Agent Fadde Mikhail said Cravens, who was suffering from post-concussion syndrome, was treated by Dr. Michael Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sport Medicine Concussion Program.


Steelers officially put LB Shazier on IR

(TSX / STATS) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve Tuesday, nearly one week after he underwent spinal stabilization surgery.

"Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. "However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team."


All-time TD return leader Hester retires

(TSX / STATS) -- Devin Hester, the all-time leader in combined kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns, announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter Tuesday.

"I have good news and bad news," the 35-year-old Hester wrote. "Good news: Commissioner Goodell, you can put the kickoff back at the 30. Bad news: Y'all will have to find a new favorite returner."


Cutler, Dolphins end Patriots' run at 8

(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins deflated the New England Patriots' chances for gaining AFC home-field advantage, and Jarvis Landry made sure the reigning Super Bowl champions made the historical connection.

Landry, Miami's star wide receiver, caught two of Jay Cutler's three touchdown passes as the double-digit underdog Dolphins upset the Patriots 27-20 on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium.


Wentz out for season with torn ACL

(TSX / STATS) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

The 24-year-old Wentz, who was expected to be an NFL MVP candidate this season, underwent an MRI on Monday morning after suffering the knee injury in Sunday's 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.


Lions C Swanson dealing with concussion

(TSX / STATS) -- Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after reporting symptoms following the team's 24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Tuesday.

"After (Sunday's) game, he went to the doctors," coach Jim Caldwell said on Tuesday. "He was exhibiting some issues, they evaluated him and thus they had to put him in (protocol), which he's in today. You probably won't see him out at practice this afternoon."


Broncos place RG Leary on IR

(TSX / STATS) -- The Denver Broncos placed right guard Ron Leary on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.

Leary, who is nursing a back injury, started all 11 games this season after joining the tram as an unrestricted free agent from the Dallas Cowboys.

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