Aaron Rodgers expected to be fully cleared on Tuesday, didn't happen

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Aaron Rodgers hopes to be in full pads against the Falcons on Sunday. (USATSI)
Aaron Rodgers hopes to be in full pads against the Falcons on Sunday. (USATSI)

When Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the results of his X-rays on Tuesday morning, he thought for sure they were going to deliver good news. Rodgers thought he was going to be cleared to play.

"I can't say [Tuesday] morning was the greatest news. I was expecting full clearance," Rodgers said on his weekly radio show with ESPN Wisconsin. "We didn't get that."

Although Rodgers hasn't been cleared to play, coach Mike McCarthy did say on Tuesday that Rodgers hasn't been ruled out either. The 30-year-old quarterback will practice on Wednesday and hope to get medically cleared before Sunday's game with Atlanta. Rodgers hasn't played since fracturing his collarbone on Nov. 4 against the Bears.

"We'll see how I feel [Wednesday] in practice," Rodgers said. "I haven't been medically cleared yet. But I am able to practice. Unfortunately for everybody involved, it's just going to be a waiting game. I won't be able to play if I'm not medically cleared."

The Packers are 0-4-1 since Rodgers went down injured on Nov. 4 and he admitted he knows there's a rush to get him back on the field.

"When I'm ready to play and everyone is on board, then I'm going to play," Rodgers said. "I know there's a rush to get back out there. I feel it internally, but also externally. I desperately want to be out there, but it has to look good."

If Rodgers can't go, Matt Flynn is expected to make his second straight start, "Matt (Flynn) has got a great game-day demeanor," Rodgers said. "He's able to keep his emotions in check. [Flynn] just couldn't get in a rhythm. We had a lot of third-and-long plays. It was tough to watch. Lot of frustration on the sideline."

Rodgers and the Packers could be even more frustrated on Sunday. If Green Bay loses to Atlanta and the Lions beat the Eagles, the Packers will be all but eliminated from playoff contention.

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