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Oct 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley (7) passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

October 17, 2017

(The Sports Xchange) – Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Monday that Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone “in the near future.”

While the rest of Rodgers’ season is in doubt, McCarthy was adamant with reporters that the team wasn’t interested in bringing in another quarterback.

“I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan,” McCarthy said. “The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has not played or practiced since suffering a dislocated left knee and torn ACL almost 14 months ago, was cleared to return to practice, coach Mike Zimmer confirmed.

Dr. Dan Cooper, an orthopedic specialist who performed the major surgery on the dislocation on Sept. 9, 2016, examined Bridgewater in Dallas on Monday morning and cleared him to begin practice on Wednesday.

The Oakland Raiders signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a contract, the team announced.

Terms of the deal were not announced by the club, but multiple outlets reported it was a one-year contract for $3 million. The San Francisco 49ers released Bowman on Friday after seven seasons with team. The 49ers agreed to the 29-year-old Bowman’s request to be released after trade scenarios were investigated, according to general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron stands by his controversial call to overturn the touchdown catch by New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the fourth quarter Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Riveron said the replay reversal was “clear and obvious” in making the correct call for the proper enforcement of league rules. Riveron, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said the ball was loose when Seferian-Jenkins went airborne and was hit by a defender, making it a fumble as the ball went out of bounds across the goal line and through the end zone.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant reportedly requested a trade recently, but he shut down those reports.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday that sources informed him of Bryant’s trade request because of lack of playing time, adding that Steelers teammates and coaches are well aware that the receiver is unhappy. ESPN confirmed the report.

Denver Broncos wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie sustained sprained ankles Sunday night and will miss the team’s Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, coach Vance Joseph said.

Sanders exited the Broncos’ 23-10 loss to the New York Giants late in the third quarter after he was hit in the lower right leg by safety Landon Collins on an incomplete pass. Sanders, who is second on the team in catches (25) and yards receiving (266), was on the ground being tended to by team medical personnel for several minutes before being helped off the field.

Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks with a foot injury, coach Jay Gruden said.

Allen, Washington’s first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) out of Alabama, is dealing with a Lisfranc sprain sustained in Sunday’s 26-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Gruden estimated the 6-foot-3, 288-pound Allen will be sidelined for three to four weeks. Allen has started all five games and recorded 10 tackles and one sack.

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