Aaron Rodgers probable for Sunday

Updated: October 17, 2010, 11:44 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a full practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he thought Rodgers, who suffered a concussion last week against the Washington Redskins, was ready to play on Sunday.

"Unless there's any type of setback between now and the game, I anticipate Aaron to play on Sunday," McCarthy said.

Rodgers suffered his first concussion in the Packers' loss at Washington on Sunday.

He was allowed to get back on the field this week after he passed cognitive and exertion tests and also was examined and cleared by team doctor John Gray and an independent neurologist, per NFL guidelines for a player who suffers a head injury.

Rodgers, who earned his first Pro Bowl trip last season, hasn't missed a game in his two-plus years as a starter. Teammates were happy to know Rodgers would likely extend the streak of 38 starts.

"It's good for the team," defensive end Cullen Jenkins said. "He's the leader of our team. He's the leader on offense."

Also for the Packers, right tackle Mark Tauscher (knee) and linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) are doubtful. McCarthy said he would give Matthews up to game time to see if he could play.

Linebacker Brandon Chillar (shoulder) didn't practice all week and is doubtful.

With defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Mike Neal (shoulder) hurt, the Packers signed veteran defensive end Mike Montgomery. Neal and Pickett are questionable for Sunday's game.

Montgomery was in camp with the Minnesota Vikings this summer. To make room for him, the Packers placed linebacker Nick Barnett on the injured reserve list. He recently had wrist surgery.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins (hamstring and hand), tackle Chad Clifton (knee), cornerback Charles Woodson (toe) and tight end Donald Lee (chest) are probable for the Packers. Wide receiver Donald Driver missed practice Friday and was added to the injury list as probable. He has a quad injury.

Tight end Jermichael Finley is out on Sunday after having knee surgery.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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