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


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.

33 responses to “Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers not cleared, but did more today

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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