Packers fans, fantasy football playoff survivors and anyone who loves high quality NFL football are looking for any smoke signal from Lambeau Field regarding Aaron Rodgers' health.
He's practicing last week? Good sign, especially with the Packers staying in the playoff hunt. He said Tuesday he was experiencing pain in his broken collarbone? Well, that's bad.
But Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has brought a glimmer of hope to all, even though he's likely to get chewed out by the tight-lipped coaching staff for it.
Quarless let it slip that Rodgers took some snaps with the starting offense in Wednesday's practice.
"Oh man, 12 looked real good today," Quarless said after practice, according to ESPN.com. "It was good to see him out there really working with the offense. He was out there before but wasn't working as much with the offense. But today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team, definitely."
That same ESPN.com story said many in the organization are pessimistic he'll play, and there's the significant hurdle of being medically cleared for game action, but don't let that get in the way of hope.
He practiced with the first team, at least a little, right? That's a positive. And maybe the Packers are leaking it out to the media that Rodgers won't play Sunday at Dallas. That's possible, isn't it?
We'll probably find out more on Thursday. How Rodgers responds, pain-wise, to a little more practice work will be a key for him. He's also scheduled to talk to the media.
It still seems iffy at best that Rodgers will play. His comments from Tuesday made it sound like he's resigned to the fact that he won't make a superhuman recovery. But for at least one 24-hour stretch Green Bay fans will have some hope, thanks to Quarless' comments.
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