Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start at quarterback for the first time in nearly two months when the Packers face the Bears on Sunday in Chicago.
Rodgers worked with the first-team offense on Thursday and was a full participant in practice for the first time since he suffered a broken left collarbone in a Nov. 4 game against the Bears.
"We are preparing for the Chicago Bears with Aaron Rodgers as our starting quarterback," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the media.
McCarthy informed the team for the first time at an 8:05 meeting on Thursday morning that Rodgers was on target to be the starter on Sunday.
"I'm excited. I feel good for Aaron," McCarthy said. "I don't think people understand the stress that he's been under. "We were holding him out of the game and that's tough. That's a tough thing to go through, especially at this extent. Especially with Aaron Rodgers, we're talking about the best player in football.."
McCarthy also announced that wide receiver Randall Cobb is expected to play for the first time since Oct. 13 when he sustained a leg injury during a game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Rodgers had worked behind his replacement, Matt Flynn, since returning to practice several weeks ago while he recovered from the broken collarbone.
The Packers (7-7-1) are preparing to take on the Bears (8-7) in a game that will decide the NFC North champion and a spot in the playoffs.
The 30-year-old Rodgers has not played since he suffered the injury against when Bears on Nov. 4. The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers went down.
"It's a great learning experience," Rodgers said of sitting out. "Every time you're faced with adversity you can take something away from that. For me it was to be able to step back and look at the team from a different perspective, be on the headset.
"It's tough to not be out there with the guys, but I think you learn a lot through the process, you find new ways to lead, you realize how important your attitude, your enthusiasm, your energy you bring to practice can be to the guys," Rodgers said
Before the injury, Rodgers completed 168-of-251 passes for 2,218 yards with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.