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Dec 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Rodgers believed he was ready to play, but he was not medically cleared Friday after participating in practice on a limited basis this week. He took snaps with the first-team offense in practice, elevating optimism that the All-Pro passer could play at Dallas.

"Aaron feels like he's ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.

McCarthy said he agreed with the medical staff that Rodgers should sit.

Matt Flynn will start for the third game in a row.

Rodgers has not played since Nov. 4, when he suffered a broken collarbone.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive end Jeremy Mincey. ESPN reported that the team let Mincey go after he was late to a team meeting. He also missed a meeting in November.

The Jaguars listed running back Maurice Jones-Drew as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills due to a strained hamstring.

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The Minnesota Vikings listed running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhardt as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Peterson sprained his right foot last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Gerhart is recovering from a strained hamstring against the Ravens.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin was ruled out for Sunday's game against the New York Giants as he continues to recover from a hip problem. Coach Pete Carroll suggested it might be awhile before Harvin returns, according to the Seattle Times.

Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) and linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) were also all ruled out.

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Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee is out for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears because of a knee injury, according to the Akron-Beacon Journal.

However, quarterback Brandon Weeden was cleared after recovering from a concussion and will back up Jason Campbell.

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The Cincinnati Bengals ruled out cornerback Terence Newman from Sunday's game at Pittsburgh due to a knee injury.

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Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee missed Friday's practice and was ruled out for Sunday's game against Green Bay. Lee injured his neck in the first quarter Monday in a loss at Chicago.

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Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said starting free safety Thomas DeCoud will miss Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a concussion.

DeCoud was injured while trying to tackle Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy during last Sunday's game.

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Medical officials had recommended to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he not play again this season because of a shoulder injury, ESPN reported.

A source said Pierre-Paul is "likely" to follow the doctors' advice, according to the report, although nothing official has been announced.

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The Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick to a two-year contract extension which adds $9 million in guaranteed money to the $25 million extension he received in 2011, multiple media outlets reported.

Scandrick, 28, is now signed through 2018.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is considered questionable for Sunday's game at the Tennessee Titans with a right elbow injury. However, coach Bruce Arians said that he expects Palmer to play.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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