Rodgers not cleared, still under evaluation
Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has missed six games due to a broken collarbone, has not been cleared by the team's medical staff and was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
Whether the outcome regarding the quarterback's playing status will be any different wasn't known Wednesday.
Team doctors examined Rodgers' fractured left collarbone before practice but did not clear him to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Mike McCarthy followed a similar practice plan last week, when Rodgers and Matt Flynn shared snaps with the starting offense on Wednesday. By Friday of last week, Flynn was back to taking all of the reps.
"[Rodgers] threw the ball extremely well, looked sharp," McCarthy said after practice Wednesday. "He's getting better."
Steelers safety Ryan Clark said he would welcome the challenge of facing Rodgers.
"You'd like to play Aaron because we've played him twice and he's gotten the best of us defensively," Clark said. "It would be good to get out there and see how far you've come as far as playing against him. The game's going to be played Sunday whether Aaron plays or he doesn't."
Rodgers has not played since being injured Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. After the Packers went 0-3-1 in the first four games without Rodgers, Flynn has led them to one-point, comeback victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.
With two games remaining, the Packers (7-6-1) can win out and capture the NFC North title. Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show that the Packers' playoff positioning is not a factor in whether he will return.
"We're going to take the week [to decide]," McCarthy said. "We're going to take the same process or a similar process that we took last week."
Rodgers had no trouble throwing the ball with his usual velocity Wednesday. He made several sharp throws during the individual drills that were open to the media.
"He's got that fresh arm," Flynn said. "He's the same old Aaron. He's the best in the league in my opinion."
Rodgers did not speak to reporters Wednesday but is expected to do so after Thursday's practice.
Information from ESPN.com Steelers reporter Scott Brown was used in this report.
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