The Green Bay Packers ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It will be Green Bay's seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.
Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers has not received medical clearance, and that the organization believed he was not ready to play.
Adrian Peterson returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's game at Cincinnati as long as he doesn't have any setbacks with his sprained right foot.
Peterson, the league's second-leading rusher, is listed as questionable for Minnesota (4-9-1). He missed last week's game after spraining his foot a week earlier at Baltimore.
As expected, Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker was officially ruled out of this weekend's game at Houston.
He's also expected to be held out of the Broncos' regular-season finale at Oakland on Dec. 29 as a precaution against a third head injury this month, which would end his season.
The Broncos (11-3) are hoping to gain home-field advantage in the playoffs and a first-round bye that would give Welker more than a month's rest.
He hasn't played since leaving the Broncos' Dec. 8 game against Tennessee shortly before halftime with his second concussion in a three-week span.
- Associated Press