Aaron Rodgers on IR after collarbone surgery

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The plan for Aaron Rodgers’ recovery — and possible chance to return this season — was being finalized Friday, one day after the Packers quarterback underwent surgery to repair his broken right collarbone. The Packers placed Rodgers on injured reserve but could bring him back after eight weeks. They are holding out hope that Rodgers could return for the Dec. 17 game at Carolina, according to a source. That’s the soonest he would be eligible to come off IR. “We’re actually discussing all the long-term options at this point,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “The focus has been on Aaron’s health, making sure everything went well with the surgery, and those discussions will continue.” McCarthy said Rodgers will not attend Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field because he is recovering out of town. Team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie did not perform the surgery to repair Rodgers’ broken clavicle, but McCarthy said McKenzie…

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Roger Goodell says players should stand, but league focus on underlying issues

NFL owners expressed their belief that players should stand for the national anthem in meetings Wednesday but focused on how the league can address the concerns of players who are protesting during it, commissioner Roger Goodell said. Goodell noted that only six or seven players are currently protesting during the national anthem and said the league is going to work to make that number zero by addressing the underlying issues of those protests. He said owners expressed support for the efforts that players have identified and recognize these are important issues in our communities. “We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about,” Goodell said. “And that is complex.” NFL players and owners have scheduled a follow-up meeting for Oct. 31 to continue their discussions from Tuesday on how the league and players can work together to support causes and issues of importance to the players, sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. …

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