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Notebook

Rodgers practices, could be cleared today

– Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn’t mean he is going to play.

There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

Coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter today.

Rodgers also made several references to his playing status being an “organizational decision.”

“Just a Thursday practice, didn’t take a lot of reps with the teams but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good,” Rodgers said. “It’s obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point.”

He’s listed as “limited” on the official practice report.

Peterson expects to play Sunday

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson remains on track to return to action this weekend despite being held out of practice for further treatment on his sprained right foot.

Peterson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He wasn’t on the field at all Thursday. But coach Leslie Frazier said that based on what the team has seen from this week, Peterson “should be fine” to play Sunday at Cincinnati.

Frazier said Peterson’s absence Thursday was a precaution, not the result of a setback.

Around the league

Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden rode a stationary bike during practice as he recovers from a hip bruise, and his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets is still not known. … Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play Sunday at Seattle. Still, he said he expects to play. So does quarterback Carson Palmer, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. …

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He was injured Sunday in the third quarter of the Giants’ 23-0 loss to Seattle. The Giants said he suffered a concussion and injured his knee. … Washington tight end Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the season because of lingering effects from a concussion. …

A Massachusetts judge granted a restraining order that preserves some assets of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez in connection with a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the man he’s accused of killing. … Buffalo’s game will not be televised in the Bills’ area Sunday when they take on Miami after it failed to reach a sellout. As of Wednesday, the Bills (5-9) had 16,000 tickets available.

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