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Rodgers: Scan, Friday practice necessary to play

Dec 12, 2013 -- 2:56pm
Aaron Rodgers took part in Thursday's practice in pads and still hopes to play Sunday in Dallas.

GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers paused at the question Thursday afternoon, so read into that what you wish.

Are you holding out hope that you’ll play Sunday?

“Ah,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said, buying himself some time as he stood surrounded at his locker. “Yes.”

If Rodgers, who has not played since fracturing his left collarbone against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4, is going to play Sunday at Dallas, he said two things will have to happen: He’ll have to take the majority of the first-team snaps in practice on Friday, and that another imaging test would have to be done on his collarbone to get him the medical clearance he has yet to receive.

As of Thursday afternoon, Rodgers said he had not been scanned. He also would not say whether a scan has been scheduled. Asked if he would be scanned before the week is out, Rodgers replied, “I’m not sure about that.”

But asked whether a CT scan, MRI or x-ray would be the deciding factor in whether he plays, Rodgers replied, “I think there’s more to it than that (just a scan). But I would guess there would have to be another scan for me to be on the field.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that Rodgers had not been evaluated by team doctors Thursday. He said those evaluations are done on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Asked if it was a significant step that Rodgers took team reps the past two days, McCarthy replied, "He’s Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it. It’s good to have him out there."

With Rodgers sidelined, the Packers have gone 1-4-1 and enter the final three weeks of the season at 6-6-1, a half-game back of the NFC North leading Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, both of whom are 7-6. McCarthy has said that his team needs to win out to make the playoffs, and the Packers got the first of those victories last week over the Atlanta Falcons with Matt Flynn at quarterback.

Rodgers indicated that the team would make a decision on his status on Friday, in fairness to Flynn. In 2008, after suffering a dislocated shoulder the previous week, Rodgers was listed as doubtful going into a game against the Falcons at Lambeau Field but worked out before the game and started, despite taking only about 10 snaps in 11-on-11 drills in practice – all handoffs – all week.

Rodgers completed 25 of 37 passes for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one interception (109.4 rating) in a 27-24 loss.

“Like I said last week, when I knew it wasn’t going to happen, it’s not fair to Matt to draw this out to the game,” Rodgers said. “Now, that happened back in 2008 when I was doubtful, came in Sunday and was able to play. [But] if I’m going to play Sunday, I’m going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow.”

On Tuesday, Rodgers revealed on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and that he experienced unexpected pain in practice last week when trying to hand off with his left hand or take snaps from center. That pain told him that he wasn’t going to be ready for the Falcons.

This week, after taking snaps with the No. 1 offense both Wednesday and Thursday, Rodgers did not experience the same amount of pain.

“I feel a little better than last week,” Rodgers said. “It was good to be out there with those guys, but I’m still just trying to get better every day and it’s nice to be able to go through a couple practices.”

Rodgers said he “felt a little bit rusty yesterday, took a little bit more as far as reps today and felt better, felt like I was moving well. I feel rested, my legs do. [I’ve] been able to do more in the weight room, but I felt better out there throwing it well. But there’s a lot that goes into it from the ground up – legs, being in the right position, footwork and stuff. Today was a better day.”

As for tomorrow, we shall see.

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