Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers won’t know anything more about Aaron Rodgers‘ availability until Wednesday, so coach Mike McCarthy has started the week by planning for Matt Flynn to start Sunday’s game at the Dallas Cowboys.
McCarthy said Rodgers will go through a workout on Tuesday and then have his broken collarbone examined by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie before practice on Wednesday.
Rodgers has not played since he was injured on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. Flynn led the Packers to their first victory since Rodgers’ injury with a 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday that got them back to .500 at 6-6-1 and only one-half game out of first place in the NFC North.
“As we plan tonight and tomorrow, we’re planning to play the game with Matt,” McCarthy said Monday. “That’s the way you have to go about it. It’s the same way we went last week. Visiting with Aaron yesterday about where he is, he has hurdles to go over, and medically he’s not cleared. So we’re planning for Matt Flynn.”
Rodgers practiced three times last week, including once in pads. It was his most extensive on-field activity since the injury. But the Packers gave Flynn all the starter’s reps in practice and ruled out Rodgers on Friday.
McCarthy indicated the trainers may increase Rodgers’ workload during Tuesday’s session.
“He’s progressing,” McCarthy said. “I think the biggest thing is strength — strength and comfort. He felt better Friday than he did on Wednesday. Hopefully we’ll make the same progress this week.”
Offensive coordinator Tom Clements said it would not be hard to adjust the game plan should Rodgers get cleared later in the week.
“A lot of the things we’re doing, we’re doing with Matt, we do with Aaron,” Clements said.
McCarthy said Lacy was undergoing treatment Monday on his sprained right ankle.
Neither Lattimore (knee) nor Jones (ankle) was able to finish Sunday’s game against the Falcons, leaving A.J. Hawk as the lone available inside linebacker. Lattimore, who was undergoing additional tests on Monday, might be more of a concern than Jones.
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