The Packers didn’t have any update on quarterback Aaron Rodger’s availability for Sunday’s NFC North-deciding regular season finale against the Bears, but coach Mike McCarthy said that he’d like to make an announcement before we get too much closer to kickoff.
The team has waited until Friday the last two weeks to announce that Matt Flynn would be the starting quarterback, but McCarthy suggested the timeline would be sped up for this week’s game.
“Aaron Rodgers? A lot of conversation going on. Hopefully, we can get the question answered sooner than later,” McCarthy said, via the team’s website. “Aaron wants to play. He fully accepts and understands everything that is going on with his injury. This is clearly a decision for [General Manager] Ted Thompson and I. I think it’s important for us to make a quicker decision.”
The Packers will practice Tuesday and then take Christmas Day off. A meeting with the team doctor about Rodgers’ status should also happen in the near future, so the decision could come before Santa’s sleigh makes it way to Green Bay.
McCarthy also offered no update on linebacker Clay Matthews, saying he was still being evaluated after injuring his right thumb. McCarthy did add that the training staff doesn’t feel good about his outlook.