With the Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes growing bleaker with every passing week, injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced with the team on Wednesday on a limited basis.
“Basically, he did everything that he was cleared to do medically,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice.
Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone on Green Bay’s opening drive against the Chicago Bears in a 27-20 loss on November 4; since then, the Packers have gone through three different starters. Backup Seneca Wallace, who replaced Aaron Rodgers against Chicago, drew the first honors against Philadelphia but was shelved after a groin injury in his start (Wallace was subsequently placed on injured reserve).
Scott Tolzien, who in turn subbed in for Wallace against the Eagles, fared no better in his start, throwing three interceptions when facing the New York Giants in Aaron Rodgers’ absence. Tolzien was pulled in favor of Matt Flynn the following week against the Vikings; Flynn at least managed to lead the team to a tie at home with Aaron Rodgers watching from the sideline.
Flynn’s flat performance on Turkey Day in the Motor City against the division-leading Lions was less than inspiring (at least he finished the game).
Needless to say, it’s been QB by committee in Green Bay since Aaron Rodgers was laid up and Packers fans have issued a vote of no confidence for all its members (as the team is actually publicly owned, the shareholder-citizens of Cheesetown may want to actually look into that). Currently, the playoffs aren’t out of the question but without a healthy Aaron Rodgers, they will be soon.
With Wednesday’s limited work, the decision on Aaron Rodgers’ potential start against the Atlanta Falcons will have to come after he’s evaluated during a full practice. The decision on Rodgers will come Saturday at the latest.
“I don’t want to put any chances on it,” Rodgers told the Green Bay Press-Gazette on his likelihood to play. “I think it’s a collaborative thing where, have to make sure we’re all on the same page and get cleared medically before I can get on the field.”
While no one knows whether Aaron Rodgers will suit up this Sunday, some say logic dictates he won’t.
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