The news out of Green Bay this afternoon about Aaron Rodgers is positive. Though there are steps that Rodgers needs to take yet, according to head coach Mike McCarthy who explained the situation at his press conference, the Packers quarterback has yet to be cleared to play in a game by the medical staff, but he has not been yet ruled out and will practice on a limited basis.
McCarthy, sporting his blue Acme Packers baseball cap, seemed cautious, but upbeat about both Rodgers’ situation and his team. McCarthy said it was important to get Rodgers out on the practice field so that he can continue to progress medically.
“I understand the importance of Aaron (Rodgers) to this team and how he makes everyone better,” McCarthy said.
Rodgers is not being scheduled to take first team reps – McCarthy said that was to be done, at least initially, by Matt Flynn.
Asked why he is going with Flynn over Scott Tolzien, McCarthy said that “Matt’s further along and is more comfortable in the system.” However, he also said that as the head coach it was his job to make sure that all the quarterbacks were prepared to play – and that included Aaron Rodgers.
McCarthy also said that personnel changes, including the addition of running back Kahlil Bell and the release of safety Jerron McMillian, have been done after considering the moves that are best for the team. As for McMillian, McCarthy said that the former Packer safety took the news like a professional and that he wished him well.
In other snippets from the press conference, McCarthy said that the team is focused on beating the Atlanta Falcons; that they have caught up on grading out the Minnesota and Detroit games; that they began the game planning process this afternoon with the players; that the number of injuries is something that is continuing to be studied in Green Bay and across the league; and that this mini-bye week is helping the players heal up and get ready for the stretch run through December.
He was also a realist. McCarthy said that the team didn’t play good football the past two games. Pointing toward the Detroit game, he said both
McCarthy’s best line of the day: When asked about the number of injuries, he said, “I’m no miracle worker, and nobody is …”
The important thing to watch the rest of the week is how Rodgers progresses. If we see his practice status go from limited to full, then we can probably expect that he will be ready to go on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. If it doesn’t, expect to see Matt Flynn one more time.
Stay tuned …