The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) control their own destiny in the NFC North, but they have not medically cleared two of their best offensive weapons. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (tibia) were limited participants in Wednesday practice.
Packers' head coach McCarthy didn't address specific questions regarding Rodgers' medical scan and evaluation but said the quarterback is "doing better" and he "looked sharp" in practice. A medical decision will likely be made on Rodgers by Friday or Saturday.
Since Rodgers broke his collarbone in a week nine loss to the Chicago Bears, Green Bay is 2-4-1 in games where Rodgers has not finished, but the Packers are riding a two-game winning streak after one-point victories over the Atlanta Falcons (4-10) and Dallas Cowboys (7-7).
Green Bay hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) at Lambeau Field on Sunday. McCarthy told reporters on Monday the plan was to have veteran Matt Flynn slated as the team's starting quarterback for a fourth consecutive game. McCarthy said he is confident in Flynn, especially after the experienced backup led the Packers back from an improbable 23-point second-half deficit in Dallas on Sunday.
"I'd say our team is definitely more confident," McCarthy said. "Everyone understands what's in front of us. We view (Pittsburgh) as a semifinal game. It's a game we have to have."
Cobb returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since breaking his tibia in a week six win over the Baltimore Ravens in October and McCarthy said Cobb is making significant progress. "Randall Cobb was limited (in practice)," McCarthy said. "He did a good job in strength and conditioning and it's good to have him out there."
Packers running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) was held out of Wednesday's practice, but McCarthy said Green Bay is being precautionary with their talented rookie runner. "We're just being smart with Eddie," McCarthy said. "He has carried a lot this year. I feel good about him being ready for Sunday."
In Other Injury News: Rodgers, Cobb, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (knee) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle) were limited participants in Wednesday Practice…Lacy, tight end Brandon Bostick (foot), defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (shoulder), inside linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring), outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (foot) did not practice.
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