Packers' Rodgers still not cleared

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GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- With their playoff hopes likely on the line, it is appearing increasingly likely the Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) will not have quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center when they play host to the Atlanta Falcons (3-9) on Sunday.

Rodgers remained limited in Thursday's practice, and he still has not been medically cleared to play as he recovers from a broken collarbone suffered against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4.

"Aaron did a little more today in the individual work. I have no clarity; I'm sorry," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday. "Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared by the medical staff. Until he has been cleared by the medical staff, he will not be able to play."

Rodgers took part in some light throwing for the second consecutive day, similar to what he did in the days leading up to last week's loss at the Detroit Lions - the fourth game he has missed since the injury.

Green Bay's 0-4-1 slide in concert with Rodgers' absence has it at 5-6-1 with four games left. McCarthy says the Packers must win out to have any shot at the playoffs, though they still would need a meltdown by the Lions, who are in the driver's seat at 7-5 and would have to go 2-2 the rest of the way to allow Green Bay to steal the division crown.

As is, the Packers seemingly will have to get that last-ditch winning streak started with Matt Flynn still the starter.

A week after his debacle at Detroit on a short week of preparation with hardly any substantial practice time, Flynn is hopeful that potentially three full days of taking the first-string reps in a practice environment will help him - and the offense - make amends Sunday. The Packers were awful passing and running the football against the Lions, finishing with an anemic 126 total yards.

--Left tackle David Bakhtiari (illness) and center Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle) did not practice Thursday.

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