Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday the decision about his playing status this week will come on Thursday.
Coach Mike McCarthy had said on Monday that the Packers plan to announce a decision on Rodgers' status earlier than they did in past weeks. The past two weeks, the Packers waited until Friday to announce that Matt Flynn would be the starting quarterback.
Rodgers made his comments on his weekly radio show as the Packers prepare for the NFC North-deciding game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
"We have done a scan, and we are going through the process of evaluation," Rodgers said on Milwaukee's WAUK-AM 540. "Again, probably not what everybody wants to hear. But I can say definitively there will be Thursday, one way or another, there will be a definitive conclusion to this week's unknown."
Rodgers had his fractured left collar bone scanned sometime in the 24 hours preceding his radio show Tuesday afternoon.
"Comes down to is the bone healed or is there a large risk that's too great that the organization wouldn't want to put me out there," Rodgers said "Mike and (general manager) Ted (Thompson) and Doc and myself are all in the conversation."
Rodgers has not played since he suffered the injury against when Bears on Nov. 4. The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers went down, but are now 7-7-1 as they face the Bears at Soldier Field with the NFC North title and a playoff berth at stake.
"I am feeling better; not thinking about my injury at all," Rodgers said. "But I think ultimately it comes down to -- it's big on the medical side -- is the bone healed, or is there a large risk in going back out there that's too great that the organization would not want to put me out there?
"Obviously, I want to be out there. I know what's at stake. This is an important week for us. We're somehow back in this position to be able to get into the playoffs. What a better way to do that than against the Chicago Bears?"