Packers HC Mike McCarthy mentioned on Thursday that QB Aaron Rodgers “made progress” during Thursday’s padded practice.
Although McCarthy added that there is still “no more clarity” regarding Rodgers’ Week 14 status.
It’s clearly a good sign that he continues to progress, but it’s just hard to imagine him suiting up for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Matt Flynn continues to take all the first-team reps this weeks, so barring a huge improvement on Friday, it appears as though he’ll be under center this weekend.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday that QB Aaron Rodgers has not been medically cleared, but will participate in Wednesday’s practice on a limited basis.
McCarthy added that Rodgers has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. However, Matt Flynn will take the team’s first-team reps Wednesday.
McCarthy also refuted that the team has not yet discussed shutting him down for the season and added that any speculation is coming from “external conversations.”
The Packers’ doctors will evaluate the results before discussing the situation with HC Mike McCarthy about Rodgers possibly returning in time to play against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
Werder’s source added that “there’s a lot riding on this decision.”
There is no question that the outcome from this scan will be huge for the Packers one way or another. Green Bay hasn’t won a game since Rodgers went down and look like a team who should be drafting in the top-1o given how they’ve played in recent weeks. It’s still possible that the Packers could shut Rodgers down for the rest of the year.
“I’ll be back and ready to go Sunday,” said Rodgers. He also added that his injured collarbone currently feels good.
Previous reports indicated that the team expects to be cautious with Rodgers, despite the fact he would like to return to the field next weekend. The Packers medical staff has been notoriously cautious with injuries in the past, so there is still a chance they could elect to shut him down for the season.
Matt Flynn figures to get another start if Rodgers is in fact unable to play against the Falcons.
We’ll have more regarding Rodgers’ status throughout the week.
“It will take a strong consensus from doctors and the team’s hierarchy to return him to the playing field next Sunday,” according to Mortensen.
The Packers are currently sitting with a 5-6-1 record on the season, which means they will need some help from the Lions in order to get via the NFC North title. Detroit will need to drop two of final four games against the Eagles, Ravens, Giants and Vikings.
Clearly the Packers are concerned about Rodgers long-term status and recognize that they are in a bad position right now.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that although Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been targeting a Week 14 return from a fractured collarbone all along, a source has informed him that “he’d be lucky” to suit up next week.
- Rapoport adds that the Packers may even shut Rodgers down for the rest of the season to not risk any further damage to his collarbone.
The Packers’ playoff chances are already slim following four losses and a tie since Rodgers went down, so not having their No. 1 quarterback could all but seal the deal.