The Green Bay Packers have listed quarterback Aaron Rodgers as doubtful to play Sunday night at New England, a week after he suffered his second concussion of the season.
Coach Mike McCarthy, however, said Friday the door is open for Rodgers to play. He is hoping to make a decision on the starter by Saturday.
Rodgers didn't practice this week, but McCarthy said he is progressing. McCarthy said the team is preparing to have Matt Flynn make his first NFL start, but the coach wouldn't confirm the starter.
Harvin says he'll play. Vikings receiver Percy Harvin said he'll "definitely" play in Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.
The receiver and kickoff returner has missed the last two games because of another episode with migraine headaches, but Harvin was back at practice Thursday and said that he's feeling better.
Harvin said last week's absence was precautionary, while doctors advised waiting to see how his body reacted to new medication.
Metrodome concerns. A Minnesota Vikings official said the organization is concerned about the safety of the Metrodome but that he doesn't see a scenario under which the team wouldn't play there next season.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said that the team's concerns about the stadium need to be addressed in the near future. The team has been pushing for a new stadium for over a decade. Its lease to play at the Metrodome expires after next season.
The Metrodome's roof buckled under heavy snow last weekend and Monday night's game between the Vikings and Bears has been moved to the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium.
Brees AP's top athlete. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the 2010 Male Athlete of the Year, chosen by members of the Associated Press.
Brees is just the fourth NFL quarterback in four decades to win the annual AP award, which dates to 1931. The Super Bowl MVP received 48 of 176 votes submitted by news organizations that make up the AP's membership.
Brees, whose career was threatened five years ago by a serious right shoulder injury, led the Saints to their first NFL title last February.
Ryan again pleads ignorance. Rex Ryan reiterated he knew nothing about the wall of players the New York Jets formed on the sideline last Sunday against Miami, during which an assistant coach tripped a Dolphins player.
Ryan was responding to comments made by Brian Billick, his former boss in Baltimore, who told New York's WEPN-AM that "of course Rex knew about this." Ryan said he wished Billick asked him first and that "he's wrong."
Jackson spurs Chargers. If anyone had any doubts about Vincent Jackson after a 10-game layoff due to a nasty contract dispute, they should have ended with the wide receiver's performance Thursday night.
A Pro Bowler last year, Jackson tied his career high with three touchdown catches in San Diego's 34-7 home win against the punchless San Francisco 49ers that kept alive the Chargers' AFC West title hopes.
Jackson could be playing in his final games with the Chargers, who need to win their final two games and have Kansas City lose once to clinch their fifth straight division title.