Mike McCarthy: Rodgers looks ready to play, starter announcement on Friday

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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.

76 responses to “Mike McCarthy: Rodgers looks ready to play, starter announcement on Friday

  1. Aaron Rodgers is the sole reason the Packers aren’t 0-16.

    The whole packers team is completely depleted from offense to defense. With zero depth at any single one of the positions.

    A horrid offensive line that couldn’t stop Hellen Keller from coming off the edge.

    A terrible defense that makes every single running back look like Adrian Peterson against them.

    An incompetent GM who drafts busts year in & out.

    A obese coach who can’t call plays for his life.

    Even if the Packers somehow make it to the playoffs, they will be one and done…

  2. Football fans all across the USA and beyond are waiting with bated breath to discover who the Packers’ starting QB will be on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, in case anybody had forgotten, the Minnesota Vikings have carved out a nice comfortable niche for themselves in the NFC North’s nether regions.

  3. Liveon Bell is licking his chops…….so is the improved steeler defense.

    Hmmm……don’t think this ends well with Erin.

  4. How fitting…….the only talented girl on the team, comes out, loses, gets hurt in process, packers out of playoffs, wonder why team is so bad, pack faithful go in deep depression/hibernation for the winter.

    Sounds good to me…….bring it on Erin…..YOU HAVE ZERO OFFENSIVE LINE!!!!!!! ZERO defense…….it will be ugly!!!!!!!!!

  5. I think it’s great the way the top NFC North teams are all valiantly battling to the final weeks of the season for a glorious playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are each a credit to the proud history of the Black and Blue Division. and to the NFL community.

    And then there are the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  6. Steelers win this one easily. Though admittedly it will be a tougher game than last week’s cake walk.

  7. After the Steelers lose, we can only hope their fans disappear from the boards as fast as they did after losing the Super Bowl, tails between their legs…again.

  8. we play that super bowl 10 times packers win 4 times. steelers win the other 6. be thankful for that pick 6 cause ben got hit as he was delivering a deep ball to Wallace who was wide open! bring Rodgers on. mr worilds meet mr Rodgers clavicle! here comes the boom!!! steelers 34 packers 27 final

  9. Interesting that the Steelers’ fans ‘forget’ that their team really was around for over 40 years prior to ever winning anything.

  10. After watching his media session, You gotta believe he is playing. He could barely hold a straight face when they asked him about it. You could tell he just wanted to smile and say he was back. But….I also was sure he was gonna be back for Atlanta, then Dallas, so we’ll see I guess.

  11. Hopefully the announcement doesn’t come while the Steelers’ jet is in the air — 180 degree turns can be a little tricky.

  12. I am just glad the Packers put a bkack eye on that perfect Steelers super bowl record. Rodgers coming back and leading us to another super bowl would be just too perfect. I hope those fair weather Packer fans who jumped ship on TT and MM are feeling stupid right now. GO PACK GO!

  13. The Steel Curtain has rusted out. Pitt now fields a paper shower curtain. Start Rodgers with confidence. He and his WR’s will hang 50 on Tomlin’s teams.

    (And if Coach steps on the field again, Eddie Lacy will know what to do.)

  14. I doubt this game will even matter. The Steelers are not making the playoffs and I do not see the Bears beating the Eagles on Sunday. So the NFCN will come down to week 17 in Chicago. Go ahead and rest Aaron for another week.

  15. Matt Cassel and Ryan Tannehill threw on the Steelers’ D. I’m sure Rodgers lays awake at night, frightened of this D. Steelers fans, meet a 9th loss, start the rebuild.

  16. Aaron will return. McTasty is right, our Packers are not tasteless. If he’s out, or our team loses, then maybe we are wrong, but our Packers have plenty to contribute to the pot. It will be an exciting week of football.

  17. The tough, fearsome Vikings remain solidly in control of last place.
    And Christian Ponder “looks ready.”

  18. Little piece of clarification… I personally do not have any NFL titles. The team I root for has thirteen NFL championships, but that doesn’t make me a 13-time NFL champion.

    I’m just a guy who likes to watch the green and gold play on Sundays.

    Just a little reality check there.

  19. Maybe they should think about activating Rodgers and keeping him as the #2 and see what happens. If Flynn plays well and has the game in hand then he can still rest but if things get shaky take a chance and throw him in the game.

  20. Let him play…one good hit and he’ll be out the rest of the season. Let the Steelers take him out this time.
    If the break was as bad as the Dr.s act like it is, he shouldn’t even be comming back this year!

  21. If he’s not gonna play Sunday, why can’t they just rule him out on Sunday? That makes more sense strategically unless Vegas has complete control over this decision.

  22. The Packers are really only playing what’s equivalent to a high school JV team, so they could play Erin Rodgers or Aaron Rodgers, heck coach McCarthy could play QB and beat the Squealers!

  23. steelersaredogsteam says:Dec 19, 2013 4:04 PM

    WE HAVE SIX NFL TITLES HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE PACKER FANS??

    THIRTEEN! DO THE MATH!

  24. As a viking fan, I’m excited to watch this game… Should be a black and blue battle. It’s funny how ignorant fans from all teams can be. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers, pack are above and beyond better than the steelers this season. Don’t kid yourselves, satin curtain faithful. Your depleted d needs a face-lift and your offense is one healthy tight end from being a legitimate contender in a bad AFC North. Need I remind Steeler faithful, my Horrid VIKES team beat you guys this year. Psh… That’s not good.

  25. steelersaredogsteam,
    The Green Bay Packers have won more championships — 13 — than any other team in National Football League history.
    They won their first three by league standing (1929, 1930 and 1931), and 10 since the NFL’s playoff system was established in 1933 (1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996 and 2010).
    Green Bay also is the only NFL team to win three straight titles, having done it twice (1929-30-31 and 1965-66-67).
    In addition, the Packers won the first two Super Bowls (over Kansas City in 1966, 35-10, and over Oakland in 1967, 33-14), as well as two more recently (over New England in 1996, 35-21, and over your Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, 31-25. Do you remember that one?).
    Since the league implemented a playoff system in 1933, the Packers have played in the NFL’s deciding game 13 times (10 NFL title appearances from 1936-67, three Super Bowls after the 1970 merger). Only the Giants (19) have played for more titles.
    Most World Championships:
    Green Bay Packers, 13
    Chicago Bears, 9
    New York Giants, 8
    Pittsburgh Steelers, 6 (not too bad!)
    Dallas Cowboys, 5
    San Francisco 49ers, 5
    Washington Redskins, 5
    Cleveland Browns, 4
    Detroit Lions, 4
    Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, 4

    Thanks for asking. By the way what is dog steam?

  26. The Pack will be fine offensively with or without Rodgers, but unless there is cold or lousy weather, the defensive capabilities won’t suddenly change.

  27. drumbum111 says:
    Dec 19, 2013 5:04 PM
    steelersaredogsteam,
    The Green Bay Packers have won more championships — 13 — than any other team in National Football League history.
    They won their first three by league standing (1929, 1930 and 1931), and 10 since the NFL’s playoff system was established in 1933 (1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996 and 2010).
    Green Bay also is the only NFL team to win three straight titles, having done it twice (1929-30-31 and 1965-66-67).
    In addition, the Packers won the first two Super Bowls (over Kansas City in 1966, 35-10, and over Oakland in 1967, 33-14), as well as two more recently (over New England in 1996, 35-21, and over your Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, 31-25. Do you remember that one?).
    Since the league implemented a playoff system in 1933, the Packers have played in the NFL’s deciding game 13 times (10 NFL title appearances from 1936-67, three Super Bowls after the 1970 merger). Only the Giants (19) have played for more titles.
    Most World Championships:
    Green Bay Packers, 13
    Chicago Bears, 9
    New York Giants, 8
    Pittsburgh Steelers, 6 (not too bad!)
    Dallas Cowboys, 5
    San Francisco 49ers, 5
    Washington Redskins, 5
    Cleveland Browns, 4
    Detroit Lions, 4
    Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, 4

    Thanks for asking. By the way what is dog steam?

    _________________________________

    I think his name is Doug….he’s not bright enough to spell DOUG’s TEAM.

    I know, I wasn’t shocked either.

  28. drumbum111 says:Dec 19, 2013 5:04 PM

    steelersaredogsteam,
    The Green Bay Packers have won more championships — 13 — than any other team in National Football League history.
    They won their first three by league standing (1929, 1930 and 1931), and 10 since the NFL’s playoff system was established in 1933 (1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996 and 2010).
    Green Bay also is the only NFL team to win three straight titles, having done it twice (1929-30-31 and 1965-66-67).
    In addition, the Packers won the first two Super Bowls (over Kansas City in 1966, 35-10, and over Oakland in 1967, 33-14), as well as two more recently (over New England in 1996, 35-21, and over your Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, 31-25. Do you remember that one?).
    Since the league implemented a playoff system in 1933, the Packers have played in the NFL’s deciding game 13 times (10 NFL title appearances from 1936-67, three Super Bowls after the 1970 merger). Only the Giants (19) have played for more titles.
    Most World Championships:
    Green Bay Packers, 13
    Chicago Bears, 9
    New York Giants, 8
    Pittsburgh Steelers, 6 (not too bad!)
    Dallas Cowboys, 5
    San Francisco 49ers, 5
    Washington Redskins, 5
    Cleveland Browns, 4
    Detroit Lions, 4
    Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, 4
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 0

    If you don’t put that on there they start to think it’s all right to count the year they lost to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. It’s not, Vikings fans.

  29. thepftpoet says: Dec 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    Even if the Packers somehow make it to the playoffs, they will be one and done…
    _____________________________

    This … coming from the same guy who said these exact words in 2010. Nice try. Press PLAY and try again.

  30. We Are Steeler Nation says:
    Dec 19, 2013 5:39 PM
    Who has the most Lombardis? Yeah, that’s right.

    “We Are Steeler Nation”, you guys always try to pull this trick, Who has the most Lombard’s? The Lombardi Trophy is what the winning team receives for winning the World Championship. Steeler fans ALWAYS seem to forget the 30+ years of your football history from the 1930s through the 1960s that had no championship game appearances that’s why you only count the Lombardi Trophies you have. Gee maybe the Packers can forget about the 70s and 80s and just skip to the 2000s? Well there was a lot of football played prior to 1966 (the first Super Bowl) so those championship count just as much as the Packers victory over the Steelers on Feb. 11, 2011. So as a reminder the Packers have 13 titles and the Steelers have 6.

  31. vikingsfan4life says:
    Dec 19, 2013 4:35 PM
    No one will ever confuse Erin’s ‘toughness’ with Brett’s. #fragile

    ____________________________

    I’d give anything if my Korey could just be half as tough as either of those two.

  32. I always thought it was funny when fans talk about hurting an opposing team player, I mean are you really that afraid of your teams chances of winning straight up your best against our or what? Truth is I don’t believe Rodgers will play, he maybe close to being healed but if it gets broken worse win lose or draw Rodgers health is more important for the future.

  33. bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Dec 19, 2013 3:31 PM
    “we play that super bowl 10 times packers win 4 times. steelers win the other 6. be thankful for that pick 6 cause ben got hit as he was delivering a deep ball to Wallace who was wide open! bring Rodgers on. mr worilds meet mr Rodgers clavicle! here comes the boom!!! steelers 34 packers 27 final”
    ————————————–
    Weren’t the steelers getting shut out before Woodson and Collins got hurt?

    Then Jordy/Jones/Quarless were busy dropping wide open passes in the 3rd quarter…. that allowed the game to look way more closer than it really was.

  34. Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?

  35. When I was young and growing up in Packer country, my second favorite team was the Steelers. I loved Bradshaw, Franco, Swann, Stallsworth, Mean Joe Greene and the Steel Curtain. Packer and Steeler fans are so much alike. Sad to see them attacking each other. They are probably two of the most loyal fans bases in the NFL. The Rooneys have always run a class organization.

    I wish them well except for this Sunday. Go Pack!

  36. When I was young and growing up in Packer country, my second favorite team was the Steelers. I loved Bradshaw, Franco, Swann, Stallsworth, Mean Joe Greene and the Steel Curtain. Packer and Steeler fans are so much alike. Sad to see them attacking each other. They are probably two of the most loyal fans bases in the NFL. The Rooneys have always run a class organization.

    I wish them well except for this Sunday.

  37. Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?

    Contra74 – Personally I don’t count on MN for anything other than signing our free agents and for odd things happening like Josh McCown knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs back in 2003 in AZ or having their Dome collapse.

  38. lambeauwest says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:53 PM
    Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?

    Contra74 – Personally I don’t count on MN for anything other than signing our free agents and for odd things happening like Josh McCown knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs back in 2003 in AZ or having their Dome collapse.
    —-
    Figures I would receive a goof off answer from a Packer fan. I should have known better.

  39. contra74 says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:39 PM
    Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?
    ———————————————
    I don’t have a problem rooting for the Vikings if it helps the Packers get into the playoffs. As a bonus, a Vikings win would push them further down the draft order.

    Now let me ask you a question in return:

    How would you feel if the Vikings beat the Lions, allowing the Pack to get into the playoffs, and they go on to win the Super Bowl?

  40. We Are Steeler Nation says:
    Dec 19, 2013 7:16 PM
    The Packers have such a joke for a franchise. They make the Vikings look decent.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    How so?

  41. f1restarter says:
    Dec 19, 2013 7:05 PM
    contra74 says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:39 PM
    Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?
    ———————————————
    I don’t have a problem rooting for the Vikings if it helps the Packers get into the playoffs. As a bonus, a Vikings win would push them further down the draft order.

    Now let me ask you a question in return:

    How would you feel if the Vikings beat the Lions, allowing the Pack to get into the playoffs, and they go on to win the Super Bowl?
    —-
    Wouldnt like it one bit. Best case scenario for the Vikings future is for them to lose and not go down in the draft order. Not wishing for a loss, just objectively saying its the best case scenario for the Vikings as it would also prevent the packers from moving forward.

  42. contra74 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    lambeauwest says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:53 PM
    Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?

    ___

    Exactly buddy!! We’ll tank to get a higher draft pick and screw the Pack. It’ll be funny. Erin won’t know what hit her. SKOAL Vikings.

  43. contra74 says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    Figures I would receive a goof off answer from a Packer fan. I should have known better.
    __________________

    Dude, you spew more goofy crap against the Packers than just about anyone else. How can any Packer fan take you seriously at anything?

  44. f1restarter says:
    Dec 19, 2013 3:05 PM
    Football fans all across the USA and beyond are waiting with bated breath to discover who the Packers’ starting QB will be on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, in case anybody had forgotten, the Minnesota Vikings have carved out a nice comfortable niche for themselves in the NFC North’s nether regions.

    how did green bay do from about 1969 till 1993?

    24 years of nothing

  45. f1restarter says:
    Dec 19, 2013 3:05 PM
    Football fans all across the USA and beyond are waiting with bated breath to discover who the Packers’ starting QB will be on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, in case anybody had forgotten, the Minnesota Vikings have carved out a nice comfortable niche for themselves in the NFC North’s nether regions.

    then you must have loved that game in jan of 05 when the vikings blasted gb out of the playoffs

  46. We’ve all been waiting for the day contra74 has something relevant to post but its just not gna happen. Same stuff over and over

  47. Packer fans – serious question here.

    How are you all going to feel if your playoff chances rest on you needing the Vikings to beat the Lions next week?

    As a Packer fan I have no problem rooting for the Vikings to beat the Lions, just like I would have no problem rooting for the Lions to beat the Vikings if the scenario was the other way.

    As a matter of fact it is not the team I have an issue with it’s some of the fans that I have the issue with. Every team has those moron fans that talk smack even when the team they root for is playing bad, I mean all 32 teams. Some of the things people say is absolutely childish and when people start to attack others and get personal then those people have some serious issues and need to realize it is only a game and for entertainment purposes.

  48. Morons—do you realize the Packers have been down 6 preferred starters all year and still are in control of this division? Rip on the roster all you want but all it says is how bad Chicago, Detroit, and Minnesota are. Suck it.

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