The Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) are preparing veteran Matt Flynn as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons (3-9), but regular starting quarterback and former MVP Aaron Rodgers is well on his way to returning soon under center.
"Aaron Rodgers went through a limited practice," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. "I thought he looked good for what he was able to do."
Rodgers hasn't played since breaking his collarbone in a week nine loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Since the injury, the Packers are 0-4-1, as replacement quarterbacks Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn have combined to throw two touchdown passes.
Rumors spread after the Packers' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions that the Packers would "likely shut down" Rodgers for the season if the team felt there was no chance to make the playoffs. Rodgers quickly denied the initial reports and said he expects to play against the Falcons on Sunday.
Last week, Rodgers returned to practice for the first time since suffering the injury but was a long-shot to play on Thanksgiving. Rodgers was ruled out against Detroit and he is likely questionable to play this weekend.
McCarthy said the Packers are continuing to be "practical" about Rodgers' injury situation and the Packers are trying to do "a little more" with him everyday in practice. According to Rodgers, a decision on his playing status against the Falcons will be made by Friday or Saturday.
In other injury news, according to McCarthy, Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith twisted his ankle on Wednesday and he was unable to finish practice. Dietrich-Smith's recent ankle problems now coincide with his on-going knee problems. Dietrich-Smith injured his knee in a week ten loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. Fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry (foot/ankle) was a limited participant, while tight end Brandon Bostick (concussion) and linebacker Jamari Lattimore (quadricep) were full participants on Wednesday.
The Packers and Falcons were originally scheduled to play on Sunday Night Football, but they were flexed out in favor of this weekend's game between the Carolina Panthers (9-3) and the New Orleans Saints (9-3).
Packers and Falcons kickoff at noon CST from Lambeau Field on Sunday. Check your local listings for television coverage.
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