GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers may think he has a chance of playing in the Green Bay Packers’ Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit on Thursday, but coach Mike McCarthy all but said that his star quarterback will be sitting another one out.
Rodgers, who hasn’t played since fracturing his left collarbone Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, took part Tuesday in his first practice since the injury 22 days ago. He was listed as a limited participant on the team’s official injury report after going through individual drills. It was unclear whether he did anything else at practice after reporters’ access time ended.
Afterward, McCarthy – one day after saying Rodgers’ chances of playing against the Lions were “slim to none” – said it’s more like the latter.
“It does not look like Aaron is going to make it,” McCarthy said. “He had a good day. This was a big day actually for him as far as doing throwing and doing some of the things the targets that the training staff wanted to hit with him. They definitely hit it. So, he feels good. But I don’t think he’s going to make it this week.”
Asked if Rodgers’ odds are still slim to none, McCarthy replied: “Closer to none. It’s something to write about. I’m trying to help you out – the drama BS that you guys need. So, there it is, all right?”
With Rodgers not expected to play, McCarthy said Matt Flynn, who came on in relief Sunday and rallied the Packers to a 26-26 tie with Minnesota, took the starter’s reps. However, McCarthy stopped short of officially naming Flynn the starter.
When asked if it was important for him to be definitive with Rodgers’ status to protect the quarterback from himself, McCarthy replied, “Well, no. It’s conversation. It’s a conversation that’s been had. You know, hey, I clearly understand Aaron’s role and responsibility here. But this is a medical decision. He’s not quite ready, but he did have good day today. He feels very good about what he accomplished today.”
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