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McCarthy: Rodgers not medically cleared yet

Dec. 18, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, left, talks with quarterback Matt Flynn (10) during a timeout in the second half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez/AP
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, left, talks with quarterback Matt Flynn (10) during a timeout in the second half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez/AP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has still not been cleared by the team's medical staff to play, coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.

Rodgers threw the ball extremely well in practice on Wednesday, did some work with the No. 1 offense during team drills and is getting better, McCarthy said.

But he added that the Packers will take the week to determine Rodgers' playing status, much as they did last week.

McCarthy declined to get into the specifics of Rodgers' medical scans, including whether another one is planned this week.

Emotion is always involved when big decisions such as playing Rodgers are made, he said.

Practice and injury report

Limited participation in practice: QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), DT Ryan Pickett (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle).

Did not practice: TE Brandon Bostick (foot), DT Johnny Jolly (shoulder/neck), LB Brad Jones (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (foot).

More from McCarthy

Other highlights from McCarthy's press conference after practice on Wednesday:

♦ I thought the plan last week was fine. (Starting quarterback) Matt Flynn was ready to play.

♦ We had a good day of practice today.

♦ We're just being smart with Eddie Lacy. Expect him to be ready for Sunday's game.

♦ Team is definitely more confident. Everybody clearly understands what's in front of us. We view this as semifinal game. Need to have this game. Paying attention to (Pittsburgh) Steelers video. We understand where we are in our season.

♦ Randall Cobb looked good, was a limited participant. The little work he did, it was good to have him out there.

♦ It's nice to run the ball all year long, but to run in Green Bay in December helps. You have to run football. We've committed more to it this year. We need to take a step there.

♦ Steelers running back JaDeveon Bell is talented, have a lot of respect for him.

♦ Three-down back points to an individual, obviously makes him more valuable, helps you tendency-wise. You definitely prefer a three-down back.

♦ You have to be ready for a letdown after last week's victory. We addressed that with our football team.

♦ We were able to correct mistakes during course of (last week's) game against the Cowboys. They had schemes that stretched us in first half, didn't handle them, but we adjusted.

♦ Receivers have responded well to Randall Cobb's injury.

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