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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Decision on Rodgers's status to be made Thursday

GREEN BAY - We won't know until Thursday whether Aaron Rodgers can play at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's game at Chicago that will decide the NFC North title.  

On his ESPN-Milwaukee radio show this afternoon, Rodgers said he had another scan this morning on the broken collarbone he suffered November fourth against the Bears.  He said he's feeling better at practice, but he thought the clavicle would heal faster than it has.  Rodgers said it's been hard on everybody associated with the Packers, but he hopes to return to help the Packers in a win-or-go-home contest.  Rodgers also addressed the ESPN report in which sources questioned his toughness by comparing him to Brett Favre.  Rodgers said anonymous sources are quote, "cowards," and only four people know about his true condition -- himself, team doctor Patrick McKenzie, coach Mike McCarthy, and general manager Ted Thompson.  Rodgers said negative comments about the Packers' team doctor for not clearing him are quote, "unwarranted."  He said if people want to be angry, they should be upset that his collarbone has not healed as quickly as he expected.  


ESPN said the Dallas Cowboys gave quarterback Tony Romo an epidural injection to reduce pain-and-inflammation from a herniated disk in his lower back.  The Cowboys have not confirmed either the injection or the extent of the back injury that flared up during last Sunday's Dallas win over Washington.  Romo -- the Racine County native from Burlington -- has officially not been ruled out for this Sunday night's home game against Philadelphia that will determine the NFC East champion.  ESPN said multiple injections are often required in order for pain symptoms to improve dramatically.


Milwaukee Bucks' point guard Brandon Knight says the team is starting to show that it can be competitive night-in and night-out.  He says the next step is to convert that competitiveness into victories.  The Bucks' last three losses have been in overtime -- including a one-point defeat at Charlotte last night.  Knight says the Bucks have quote, "got to get over the hump."  Milwaukee is 6-and-22, with more than its share of injuries so far.  Knight was out for awhile, but he's coming on strong.  Last night, he matched up with Charlotte guard Kemba Walker -- and Knight emerged with 26 points, a career-high 14 assists, and eight rebounds.  Bucks' coach Larry Drew says Knight has elevated his game in the past couple weeks -- and it's encouraging to see.  The Bucks are off for Christmas.  Their next game is on Friday night at Brooklyn.