Packers vs. Bears NFL Week 13 injury report, odds: Aaron Rodgers expects to play despite injuries

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he plans to play through some injuries on Sunday vs. Chicago.
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The NFL's oldest rivalry is renewed on Sunday -- although it hasn't been much of a rivalry in recent years -- as the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears. There are injury questions surrounding both quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Justin Fields, but Rodgers said today he planned to play with the Packers still having faint playoff hopes. The spread at Caesars Sportsbook already has ticked up to Packers -4 today from -3.

Already dealing with a broken thumb, Rodgers suffered a rib injury in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. The four-time MVP threw for just 140 yards with two picks before being relieved by Jordan Love. Rodgers said one of the reasons he wanted to get an X-ray immediately was concern for a possible punctured lung, but that's apparently not the case.

He said two plays -- one in the second quarter when he got hit and landed awkwardly, and then a third-quarter sack by Haason Reddick and Brandon Graham -- caused the problem. Rodgers was in enough pain after the game, the Packers' seventh loss in their past eigh, that a team staff member carried Rodgers' suitcase out of the visitors' locker room at Lincoln Financial Field. Rodgers today on the Pat McAfee Show said that he got positive results from the scans he underwent Monday.

Some Packers fans want to see the team sit Rodgers and get a look at 2020 first-round pick Love in case Rodgers retires after this season. In Love's two drives, he went 6-of-9 for 113 yards and a touchdown, and the Packers totaled 10 points while he was at the helm.

At 4-8, Green Bay probably has to win out for a chance at a wild card berth. To make the playoffs, the team is +1200 with No at -2500.

Fields missed Sunday's loss for Chicago at the New York Jets with a shoulder injury and the common belief -- listening to sports radio from that city all day like I do -- is that it's more likely the Bears sit him again Sunday because the team's bye is in Week 14. Trevor Siemian wasn't good in Fields' stead in the 31-10 loss, completing 14 of 25 passes for 179 yards with a TD and a pick.

Chicago's top wideout, Darnell Mooney, injured his ankle in the second half and is done for the season. Mooney has 40 receptions for 493 yards and two touchdowns. Safety Eddie Jackson went down with a non=contact foot injury in the second quarter and is also likely done for the year.

Green Bay beat Chicago 27-10 in Week 2 because Rodgers always beats the Bears. He threw for 234 yards and two scores. Fields threw for just 70 yards with a pick and was held to 20 yards on the ground. Overall, the Packers have won six straight games against the Bears and 10 of the last 11.

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