Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t gotten medically cleared to return to the Packers lineup yet, but he passed coach Mike McCarthy’s eye test on Thursday.
McCarthy told reporters that Rodgers looked both sharp and ready to play while taking part in practice on Thursday. McCarthy said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that he would have a conversation with Rodgers on Friday and then make an announcement about who will start against the Steelers this weekend.
The lack of medical clearance remains a large obstacle, as does the fact that Matt Flynn was taking the reps with the first team, but this is still the most positive report from McCarthy about Rodgers since Rodgers resumed practicing. That makes this week’s announcement as the starter a little bit more intriguing than it has been the last few weeks, although, again, there’s still plenty of reason to believe that Rodgers will miss another week.
In other Green Bay injury news worth keeping an eye on, running back Eddie Lacy did not practice for the second straight day. Lacy sprained his ankle two weeks ago, but played last week and did well enough to be named the NFC offensive player of the week.