Rodgers not cleared yet, but some positive signs in practice
Aaron Rodgers. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers are in a wait-and-see situation after having Aaron Rodgers play a limited role in practice Wednesday with his broken collarbone.
And Coach Mac arrives. "...we'll see how he is tomorrow. Aaron is still not medically cleared."— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) December 11, 2013
A further report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said not to expect any clearance on Rodgers until game time:
Aaron Rodgers hasn't been cleared, unlikely it'll come before gametime, per source. Clear Packers don't expect him Sun, likely Flynn again— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2013
Rodgers did have some time with the starting offensive unit.
Andrew Quarless says that Rodgers, who was in the locker room but did not speak to reporters today, took some snaps with the 1st team.— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) December 11, 2013
"Right now, Aaron's going through rehab. We're able to put players in a limited practice format," said McCarthy on Wednesday. "My interest is to see how he feels tomorrow after the work that he's done today."
McCarthy explained that the QB's health is the primary focus, more than simply having him available to play against Dallas Sunday.
"I clearly understand the importance of Aaron, to the team, to the NFL, but we've got to make sure we do our due diligence and get him healthy."
As initially reported by ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took snaps with the backup centers while Matt Flynn worked with starter Evan Dietrich-Smith. Same as last week.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 11, 2013
The Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause said:
Rodgers threw some short passes and had some zip. From a distance, it didn't look like he was experiencing any pain or favoring left side— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) December 11, 2013
But that's not the only key injury news from practice. Also, no Eddie Lacy or Randall Cobb on the field as each recover from leg injuries.
Not practicing for the #Packers: RB Eddie Lacy LB Jamari Lattimore LB Brad Jones OLB Mike Neal DE C.J. Wilson— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 11, 2013
McCarthy said Lacy "may practice some on Friday."
Also no sign of WR Randall Cobb, who is eligible to come off the temporary IR this week. #Packers— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 11, 2013
Cobb has been hopeful for a return to action against the Cowboys on Sunday (1:00 p.m. on 620WTMJ).
"His progression looks good. He's starting to bounce around," said McCarthy, but he also explained Cobb had not yet been cleared to play.