Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken another step toward returning to the field. But that doesn’t mean his return will come on Sunday.
Rodgers practiced in pads today in Green Bay, the first time he has put the pads on since breaking his collarbone a month ago. Matt Flynn, however, is continuing to take all the reps with the first-string offense, which is a strong sign that the Packers still aren’t planning on having Rodgers back on Sunday against the Falcons.
The Packers’ medical staff has not cleared Rodgers to return to contact, but Rodgers has indicated that he’s feeling good and hoping to play soon. If Rodgers can play, the Packers still have a real shot of catching the Lions and winning the NFC North. But without Rodgers, it’s hard to see the Packers winning out, which is what they’d have to do (while hoping the Lions lose two of their last four) to win the division.
At the moment, it looks like Flynn will be the starter for another week, even if Rodgers is getting closer.