Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to keep his eye on the reality. [Rodgers] won't rule himself out of any game, including this week against the Minnesota Vikings, but he knows what the risks are if he comes back too early. Appearing on "Packers Live with Larry McCarren" Monday night, Rodgers said he feels good and is eager to get back on the field but knows he must take into account the big picture when it comes to returning from a broken collarbone he suffered against the Chicago Bears Nov. 4. Rodgers has a crack in his left collarbone and if that crack is not healed to the point that he has full range of motion in his shoulder and no pain when the fracture point is pressed upon, then another hit like the one he took from end Shea McClellin could break the collarbone in half. (Journal Sentinel) Comment
Putting a number on it, Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy gauged his sprained right shoulder at "70, 75 percent" healthy after sitting out Saturday. The injury could continue to improve enough for him to line up under center Saturday against Georgia Southern. Either way, it is progress from a month ago. ... Until Murphy proves to be healthy, the Gators will proceed with Skyler Mornhinweg as the starter, Muschamp said, and look to expand his role more this week. Morninweg attempted just five passes Saturday night prior to Florida's final two offensive possessions, when the Gators were forced to play from behind for the first time since early in the first quarter. "We definitely have to open it up a little more, because you can't win a lot of games being conservative," Murphy said. (Orlando Sentinel) Comment
Meet the Met? It sounds outlandish on the surface, but [Robinson Cano] put his best man on the job Monday night. Yes, it turns out Jay Z is as hands-on as promised. So hands-on he's willing to shop his client across the RFK Bridge into Flushing. The hip-hop impresario joined Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco for dinner at a posh Manhattan hotel to discuss Cano's free agency, two sources familiar with the situation told The Post. Cano's group, which also featured agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez, initiated the meeting; Cano himself didn't attend. Alderson went on record last week to say he couldn't envision the Mets taking on another player with a nine-figure contract to join David Wright, and Cano sure as heck wants nine figures. (New York Post) Comment
In the final play of the Patriots-Panthers game on Monday Night Football, Tom Brady threw a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski, but it was picked off by Panthers safety Robert Lester (not pictured) in the end zone. The referee initially threw a flag for what appeared to be a holding call on Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (pictured above), but the flag was picked up, effectively ending the game and giving Carolina the 24-20 win over New England. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SI.com's Andy Staples takes a quick look into the Heisman-worthy performance of Week 12 in college football.