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Packers prepare for Chicago with NFC North title on the line; no update on Rodgers, Matthews

The Packers travel to Chicago to play the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.  Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Packers Head Coach says he has nothing to report on the status of two of his injured star players.

During a news conference on Monday, Mike McCarthy told reporters that he's had a lot of conversation with the team's doctor and General Manager Ted Thompson about Aaron Rodgers, but that he had nothing to announce about the quarterback today. He added that it's something for he and Thompson to sit down and assess. "I think it's important for us to make a quicker decision," McCarthy said. Rodgers has been sidelined since injuring his collarbone during the Packers 27-20 loss to Chicago on November 4. McCarthy dismissed a recent report of tension between him and his star quarterback. "I'm very comfortable in my relationship with Aaron Rodgers," McCarthy said. "He's frustrated that he's not playing...so...I'm very comfortable with our relationship."

McCarthy says the team is still evaluating Sunday's injury to Clay Matthews and had nothing to report. He did say that the team's training staff didn't feel good about Matthews' injury. The linebacker left the game after injuring his thumb while sacking Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter.

McCarthy says running back Eddie Lacy is sore today, as he has been "pretty much for the whole season." Lacy ended up injuring his ankle late in the game Sunday. The team doesn't have a practice scheduled until Thursday, and McCarthy says he could have a better feel for where Lacy is health-wise at that point. McCarthy says he expects Randall Cobb to practice more this week. The wide receiver hasn't played in a game since his injury during the Packers' 19-17 win at Baltimore. McCarthy says he remains on Injured Reserve status, but that he plans to give Cobb more reps on Thursday.

The Packers will play at Chicago for the NFC North Division regular season title on Sunday. McCarthy says the team did its preliminary game planning on Chicago last week, and that the team is confident it can take Wednesday's work and move it to Tuesday. He adds that he thinks it is important for people to be with their families on Christmas. The Bears' 54-11 loss to Philadelphia set up the game for the division on Sunday. He says the team is excited about the opportunity to play for the championship on Sunday, and that the Packers are blessed to get help.

"It's been a wild ride so far, and I like to think we're just getting started," he said.


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