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Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers not cleared, but did more today

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not been medically cleared to return for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. But Rodgers seems to be getting closer.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said after practice today that while Rodgers was not a full participant, he’s increasing his workload, which would appear to be a positive sign.

“Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice today,” McCarthy said, “He did a little more today than he did yesterday.”

Rodgers will be medically evaluated on Friday, but McCarthy’s football evaluation was positive.

“He’s getting better. He’s Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is, my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it,” McCarthy said.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Rodgers was moving well and throwing with good velocity during the portion of practice that’s open to the media, which is another good sign. Still, just because Rodgers looks good in a non-contact practice, that doesn’t mean the team’s medical staff is ready for him to go in a game. That decision hasn’t been made yet.

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33 Responses to “Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers not cleared, but did more today”
  1. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 12, 2013 3:07 PM

    Amazing that this crappy division could not take advantage of his absence. The North does not deserve to have a playoff team this year. I can’t believe Schwartz still has a job after having the North gift wrapped for the Lions this year.

  2. blowpackblow says: Dec 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    RODGERS!!! Discount double check ya later, like next year.

  3. packerstundra says: Dec 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    As much as I want to see him back this week (especially with the division still in reach), I don’t want to see the Packers gamble out of desperation only to have him take a shot and re-injure that bone.

  4. thepftpoet says: Dec 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    I feel bad for Aaron.

    Having to play for the hapless, classless packers with virtually no talent around him.

    One of the most pitiful defenses & offensive lines in the league.

    A coach who doesn’t know how to call plays.

    Poor guy.

  5. azjam says: Dec 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    High risk coming back with the crappy OL that the Packers have.

  6. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 12, 2013 3:20 PM

    I highly doubt he’ll play, and Cobb is definitely out. So the constant uphill climb continues for the injury depleted squad in GB. This is going to be rough. It’s the “desperation bowl” in Dallas this weekend!!!

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    There is an orthopedic surgeon who does a sports radio show in Houston every week who said that Rodgers may not make it back this year and probably shouldn’t. The adult collar bone fracture he has (apparently there’s also a child collarbone fracture???) takes much longer to fully heal. He said that if Rodgers is still feeling pain then it’s not healed and if he takes a hit before it’s fully healed it could break again even worse.

    This guy btw called the RG3 and Ed Reed situations to the nose. In fact, PFT, ran an article about his call on Ed Reed.

  8. ackermanjerry says: Dec 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    Just asking … Is it possible to game-plan for both Rodgers and Flynn? Use Rodgers for shotgun, low-risk plays?

  9. zappa69 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:25 PM

    GLASS!!

  10. icebowler says: Dec 12, 2013 3:30 PM

    We have one more week to let Aaron heal. The Cowboys are still all “questionable” due to frostbite from last Sunday in Chitown. Matt Flynn will take that Boys D out behind the woodshed.

  11. eagleempire says: Dec 12, 2013 3:30 PM

    Go Aaron Go!!!

  12. conormacleod says: Dec 12, 2013 3:32 PM

    Awesome. Now the Packers can go 2-1 the last three games…and miss the playoffs.

  13. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    I hope we can carve up the cowboys, and I will gladly pick up the pieces.

  14. vmannj says: Dec 12, 2013 3:36 PM

    With all of this injury posturing, it makes me wonder if ARodg is scared of our defense…? After seeing the scouting report on CHI’s punter, I’m glad DAL did everything possible to keep the ball out of his hands on Monday night. (It’s called sarcasm, people.)

  15. mp4pack says: Dec 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    He’s playing. Quarless already let the cat out of the bag that he was practicing with the first team 2 days ago. This is all posturing to mess with the Cowboys.

  16. deltaoracle says: Dec 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    Offensive line is on the upswing with the return of Tretter, who probably would have been starting by now if he hadn’t been injured in the preseason. They aren’t as likely to have to shift three people around now if someone goes down at Center or Guard. With him and then Bulaga back next season, I’ll be feeling a lot better about the Pack’s OLine.
    GB’s top player is Rodgers of course, but if you’re listing the rest of the top ten you’d add guys like Cobb and Finley, who have both missed most of the season, and Matthews, who missed some games and has been playing one-handed in others. Amazing that with so much talent taken out of the equation for so many games that the Pack is still in the hunt.
    So enjoy this season Lions and Bears and… well, Lions and Bears. Things will be “back to normal” next year.

  17. onbucky96 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    The team’s medical staff/stength&conditioning coaches are the WORST in the NFL. Yr in Yr out the Packers lead the league in injuries. Of course, In Ted We Trust keeps drafting guys hurt in college, this team is F R A G I LE. I think that’s Italian…

  18. whatjusthapped says: Dec 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    Rodgers is not coming back this year, the medical staff will never clear him and that will be that.

    In the meantime, the rest of the team can chase long odds to win the division, only possible if the Packers win out.

    Meanwhile, 300 miles to the west, the Vikings hopefully wouldn’t fire their head coach and GM. We need to give them more time because of the sheer entertainment value they bring to the NFL. Need a good laugh? Ponder is a franchise QB, that one gets me all the time.

  19. 25cuts says: Dec 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    C’mon Aaron, we need you to dice up that terrible Dallas D. Go eagles!!

  20. inbillwetrust says: Dec 12, 2013 4:17 PM

    top qbs on the redskins
    1. cousins
    2. griffin
    3. grossman

  21. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    sharon’s poopoo still hurts. she’ll def sit this week…
    all the while, flynn will have 6 td’s against the OLD MANS def in shalice.. no D in dallas!

  22. myasylum11 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    This is why we brought Flynn in. Let the man play and let the season play itself out!

  23. tebow420 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    Vince Young deserved a shot at this job mid-season.

  24. mooberry123 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:38 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him start and throw 400 yards and 4 td this week

  25. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    “He’s getting better. He’s Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is, my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it,” McCarthy said.
    _________
    Then get him some protection. You and Thompson need to put together a more effective o line. Honestly cut Newhouse, find a replacement for Lang, and FYI Bulaga is most likely done. When was the last time he stepped on the field? I would keep Sitton but the rest of the Packers o line is highly suspect.

  26. footballrulz says: Dec 12, 2013 4:41 PM

    I agree. Even if they make the playoffs there’s absolutely no way this team (or any other team in the North for that matter) makes it past the first round. Let Flynn finish ou and determine if he can be good enough to keep around as a back up next year. I think we all know now the importance of a backup. Keep the graft picks for O-line & defensive secondary players.

  27. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    What a sugartit. We can all expect to see this the rest of his, short, NFL career.

  28. jonny42671 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:33 PM

    Oh the days when you had a real football player as a QB who sent texts to women not Ryan Braun

  29. junkfooddaddy says: Dec 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    Here is a quote from Mike McCarthy from November 5th “Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that Green Bay is in a week to week mindset with Rodgers’ injury, but everybody felt better after gathering more information on the situation since Monday night.”

    It took 6 weeks but he is ready now.

  30. jimmysee says: Dec 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Green Bay always takes the long term view.

    That’s something I admire about the organization.

    Don’t bring Aaron back before he’s healed.

    The long term risk is not worth the short term benefit.

  31. mackcarrington says: Dec 12, 2013 6:41 PM

    “The brats are on me!”

  32. 28for20 says: Dec 12, 2013 7:50 PM

    Typical Packer. Wuss!

  33. gbpackers414 says: Dec 13, 2013 4:37 PM

    28for20 says:Dec 12, 2013 7:50 PM

    Typical Packer. Wuss!

    Yea, because we’ve had less QBs start in the last 20 years than any other team? We are wusses?…Or that good?

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