Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) Super Bowl champion and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) by the Packers' medical staff, according to Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy.
Rodgers was a limited participant in Thursday practice and McCarthy said he, Rodgers and team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie will have a meeting on Friday morning regarding Rodgers' status for Sunday. Last Friday just two days prior to the Packers game against the Dallas Cowboys, Rodgers was ruled out, although he said he was "frustrated" because he said he felt he could've played.
"Aaron Rodgers practiced well today," McCarthy said. "Matt Flynn took the majority of the starter reps and the starter will be named (Friday)." McCarthy said Rodgers "looks sharp" in practice and he looks ready to play despite not yet being medically cleared by the training staff.
If Rodgers were ruled out on Friday against the Steelers this weekend, Flynn would start his fourth consecutive game. In an epic 23-point second-half comeback in Dallas in the Packers 37-36 win last weekend, Flynn completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and threw four touchdown passes and kept the Packers in the playoff hunt.
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. McCarthy and the Packers would obviously prefer to see Rodgers taking snaps from under center on Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Steelers, but Rodgers' status for Sunday will come down to a medical decision by the Packers' team doctors.
The Packers trail the Bears (8-6) by a half-game in the NFC North and control their own destiny to winning a third consecutive division title. If Green Bay wins out against the Steelers and Bears in weeks 16 and 17, respectively, the Packers would clinch a playoff berth for a fifth consecutive season.
In Other Injury News: McCarthy said defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (shoulder) suffered a "significant" shoulder injury in the Packers' win over the Cowboys and he has been ruled out against Pittsburgh…Rodgers, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (knee) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle) were limited participants in Thursday practice…tight end Brandon Bostick (foot), linebacker Brad Jones, running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) and outside linebackers Mike Neal (abdomen) and Nick Perry (foot) did not participate in Thursday practice.
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