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Rodgers: 'I feel a little better than last week'

Dec. 12, 2013
 
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still has not been medically cleared to play this week. File/Press-Gazette Media
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still has not been medically cleared to play this week. File/Press-Gazette Media

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a medical scan on his broken collarbone this week, isn’t sure if he will, but says he will need one to be cleared to play.

He also said he’ll have to progress from his limited practice work Thursday to take the majority of snaps in practice Friday if he’s going to play this week against the Dallas Cowboys. And perhaps most telling, when asked if he was holding out hope that he will play Sunday, he paused for a couple of seconds before saying, “Yes.”

In all, Rodgers’ post-practice session with reporters today left the feeling that while his broken collarbone has improved since last week, he still might be at least a week away from getting medically cleared to play.

“I feel a little better than last week,” he said. “Another week, to be able to relax over the weekend I think helped, and I’m feeling a little bit better out there.”

Rodgers’ progress was evident in his practice regimen Thursday compared to last week. After feeling pain doing rudimentary quarterback moves in individual drills in practice Wednesday last week, he cut back on the work he did the rest of the week.

But on Wednesday this week he progressed to the point where he took a few snaps in team drills. Then today he went through all drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers wasn't medically evaluated today and won't be until Friday morning

“He’s getting better,” McCarthy said. “He’s Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it. It’s good to have him out there.”

Rodgers is 5 ½ weeks removed from his injury. He said the results of a medical scan will play a significant role in determining when he can return but is not the only criterion.

“I think there’s more to it than that (just a scan),” he said. “But I would guess there would have to be another scan for me to be on the field.”

The Packers should know by tomorrow whether Rodgers will be cleared, because he said he’ll have to take the majority of snaps in practice to be ready to play Sunday.

“Like I said last week, when I knew it wasn’t going to happen, it’s not fair to Matt to draw this out to the game,” he said. “Now, that happened back in 2008 when I was doubtful (because of a shoulder injury), came in Sunday and was able to play. If I’m going to play (this) Sunday, I’m going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow.”

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