Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ready to give up on Aaron Rodgers yet.
Rodgers participated in practice on Thursday, and McCarthy gave the Packers a reason for optimism heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCarthy still has not ruled out the possibility of Rodgers playing against Pittsburgh, and he intends to announce his quarterback's status on Friday.
“Rodgers practiced well today,” McCarthy told JSOnline.com. “Will have a conversation tomorrow about him. Looked very good at practice. Not cleared to play. I will have an announcement tomorrow. Aaron looked very good in practice today.”
How good did he look?
“He looked sharp,” McCarthy told JSOnline.com “He looks better this week. He looks ready to play.”
Looks can be deceiving.
Rodgers still has not been cleared by team doctors to play after sustaining a collarbone injury on November 4. Packers backup Matt Flynn has filled in for Rodgers, and the Packers have been 2-4-1 without their franchise quarterback. Green Bay is currently fighting for a playoff spot and need Rodgers for its two remaining regular season games.
Considering Rodgers still has not been cleared, coupled with Flynn taking first-team reps this week, the return seems very optimistic. However, Rodgers has enough NFL experience to miss practice and still be productive on Sunday. Everyone will know by Friday if Rodgers’ health improved enough to play against Pittsburgh.
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