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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Clark hopes to face Rodgers in Green Bay

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- The Green Bay Packers have yet to tip their hand about who will play quarterback Sunday at Lambeau Field but Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark hopes to see Aaron Rodgers.

Yep, the same Rodgers who threw the Steelers for a loop in Super Bowl XLV and passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns the only time he has faced them in a regular-season game.

"You’d like to play Aaron because we’ve played him twice and he’s gotten the best of us defensively," Clark said. "It would be good to get out there and see how far you’ve come as far as playing against him. The game’s going to be played Sunday whether Aaron plays or he doesn’t."

Rodgers, who practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, hasn’t played since breaking his collarbone in a Nov. 4 loss to the Bears. The Packers are just a half-game out of first place in the NFC North, and Rodgers’ return could help them win the division.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said more than Rodgers receiving medical clearance will go into the decision on whether the highest rated passer in NFL history will returns against the Steelers.

"This is a big decision," McCarthy told Pittsburgh reporters Wednesday during a conference call. "We want to do the right thing. Everyone understands the stakes as far as what we have in front of us as a football team and how important this game is. But in the same breath we have a protocol and a system that we go through with every player and we especially want to stay true to that with Aaron."

Rodgers, the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Steelers almost three years ago, has a career passer rating of 105.2. He has completed almost 67 percent of his passes this season and thrown for 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

"I know he’s a competitor and he wants to be out there," Clark said. "They’re fighting to be in the playoffs still. If Aaron’s healthy and he’s cleared to go then he’s definitely going to play."