Aaron Rodgers is progressing with his recovery from a fractured clavicle – that was the message that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy provided at his press conference this afternoon.
While both McCarthy and Rodgers were quizzed about where the quarterback was in the recovery process, both gave answers, but both were also somewhat coy in their responses.
All of it will be determined by the medical report … another scan will need to be completed and as of Thursday afternoon none had been scheduled. That said, Rodgers also indicated that if he were to play Sunday he would need to take all of the reps on Friday afternoon.
Meeting with the Packers beat reporters after practice this afternoon, McCarthy was asked about Rodgers’ chances of playing and he replied simply that he was a “limited” practice player. There was no talk about Rodgers being ruled out, but there also wasn’t any talk about whether he would be cleared to play Sunday when the Packers travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
Same old RT @MikeVandermause: McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers was limited practice, did a little more today than yesterday, not cleared yet.
— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) December 12, 2013
MM on if Rodgers has a chance to play: He’s a limited practice member. — Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) December 12, 2013
In the portion of the practice that reporters were allowed to view on Thursday, many tweeted that Rodgers seemed to be throwing the ball well and moving around the field well. However, we all know, as McCarthy has so many times told us, that the decision will come down to the medical side of the equation.
Rodgers is throwing the ball well and has a full range of motion. However, the scans doctors have taken so far haven’t shown enough healing to allow them to give the go-ahead. Aaron Rodgers himself passed the buck when directly asked at his locker after practice on whether he would be cleared to play Sunday. Here’s some of the responses he gave when talking to reporters on Thursday afternoon:
Rodgers on clearance: You’ll have to ask Mike. I don ‘t know. — Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) December 12, 2013
Rodgers said he felt better after practicing this week than he did last week but still no clarity on whether he will be cleared this week. — Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 12, 2013
Rodgers said he d have to take just about all the reps in practice Friday in order to play Sunday. — Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) December 12, 2013
And at least Silverstein was thinking that the Packers were playing the cat and mouse game with the entire situation. Here’s what he tweeted:
But whether the Packers are playing games or not doesn’t really matter, as pointed out by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press Gazette in this tweet:
Quick synopsis of Rodgers’ with reporters: he hasn’t had medical scan this week, not sure if he will, needs one to be cleared
— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) December 12, 2013
The Aaron Rodgers mystery continues … We’ll know more by tomorrow.