Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' broken collarbone hasn't healed enough to allow him to play and rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari missed practice with an illness, coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday.a
Practice and injury report
Full participation in practice: TE Brandon Bostick (concussion), LB Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps).
Limited in practice: LB Nick Perry (foot), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone).
Did not practice: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (ankle), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), DT Ryan Pickett (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle), LT David Bakhtiari (illness).
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Some highlights of McCarthy’s post-practice press conference on Thursday:
Why didn't left tackle David Bakhtiari practice?
David went home ill today. He was in meetings. Lot of that going around, and he has it today.
Any progress for Rodgers?
Aaron did more today in individual work.
Is there any more clarity for him possibly playing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons?
No more clarity.
Is Rodgers going to have another scan on his collarbone this week?
If he’d like to share details and steps, that’s the player’s option. Until he’s been cleared, he will not play. He's making progress, feels better, doing more in the weight room. He’s a step closer.
What do you have to do to loosen up defenses?
As far as the 8-man fronts, you have to run into it, and in the passing game you have to win the one-on-ones on the outside, and to do that you have to protect the quarterback.
How have the players handled this long stretch without a win?
I’ll say this, the work ethic is high, today was one of our better padded practice, the inside run drill was very pleased with that. This team works, everybody’s in tune with the moment. Just focused on each day and the opportunity right in front of us.
Did the long weekend break help?
It was well needed, rejuvenated us physically and hopefully mentally, too.
Do you think weather will be a factor on Sunday?
I’ve visited with teams that hate to come here, and I know Atlanta plays in a dome at home and hasn’t been north, but we’re not counting on the weather. That mind game with the opponent is a waste of time. Today’s NFL is different because offenses can do more at the of scrimmage, teams can simulate conditions. Winter football is different and you have to focus on little things. That’s what we’re doing.
Do the Falcons look like a 3-9 team on film?
No, they’re well coached. The record is what it is. Haven’t evaluated why they’re there. We’re focused on the type of game we’ll get from them.
Will Evan Dietrich-Smith practice tomorrow, and is it a tough decision to play him and move others?
I’m hoping he’ll practice. You have to look at other players, and performance will drive who plays if Dietrich-Smith doesn’t play.
Does Falcons running back Steven Jackson look OK?
He’s a three-down football player, excellent runner, pass protection. He’s a complete player.
How does rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter look?
Good to see J.C. in pads today. He’s rusty, obviously, but it was good to see him work today, The in-line run blocking drill was good for him. Had a couple snaps that weren’t what they needed to be.
How is safety Sean Richardson doing in getting to know the defense?
Sean may get some more opportunities this week. I’ve liked what he’s done in his limited opportunities.