Packers’ Rodgers still not cleared to return

Updated: December 3, 2013, 5:14 PM ET


By
Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers plan to play quarterback Aaron Rodgers whenever he is cleared, but that has not happened yet.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that team doctors have not given Rodgers the OK to return for game action, but they have not ruled him out yet for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, which is five weeks after Rodgers broke his collarbone against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4.

Rodgers was scheduled to undergo tests on Tuesday. Although McCarthy wouldn’t reveal the exact details of what those tests showed, he made it clear that Rodgers hasn’t cleared all of the hurdles yet. However, Rodgers will practice on Wednesday in a limited fashion, McCarthy said. Rodgers returned to practice last Tuesday and was a limited participant in two non-pads practices last week.

“Well, Aaron wants to play, there’s no question about it,” McCarthy said Tuesday. “But it’s a medical situation. He has a clear understanding where he is as far as the process of getting back on the field. He feels good, and we’re going to see what he can do tomorrow.”

If Rodgers can’t play, Matt Flynn is expected to make his second straight start. McCarthy said Flynn would take the starter’s snaps in practice on Wednesday.

Flynn struggled in last Thursday’s 40-10 loss at the Detroit Lions. He completed just 10-of-20 passes for 139 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked seven times.

Flynn relieved Scott Tolzien in the previous game, a 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 24. That was the Packers’ only non-loss since Rodgers went down. They have gone 0-4-1 in their last five games to fall to 5-6-1.

McCarthy denied reports that the Packers have considered shutting down Rodgers for the rest of the season if they are out of serious playoff contention.

“There has been no internal conversation about shutting Aaron Rodgers down,” McCarthy said. “Aaron wants to play. When he’s healthy, he’ll be given the opportunity to play.”

Players were at Lambeau Field on Tuesday but were not made available to reporters. However, Rodgers is expected to do his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 Milwaukee at 6 p.m.

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