The Packers might be pessimistic about the possibility of Aaron Rodgers playing against the Cowboys on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he definitely won't play. According to tight end Andrew Quarless, Rodgers took some first-team reps with the offense on Wednesday during a portion of practice that was closed off to the media.
Rodgers still hasn't been medically cleared to play in a game, but it sounds like he's further along then he was last week, when doing simple movements in practice caused him pain.
"[Rodgers] looked real good today," Quarless said on Wednesday, via ESPNWisconsin.com. "It was good to see him out there, really working with the (No. 1) offense. He was out there before but wasn't working as much with the offense, but today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team."
Quarless was then asked specifically if those offensive reps were first-team reps, "Yes, sir," he replied.
With Rodgers still not medically cleared, coach Mike McCarthy said that he would evaluate his quarterback some more on Thursday.
"We'll see how he is tomorrow. We'll set a plan for him again tomorrow," McCarthy said. "Aaron still is not medically cleared, and really, I think it's important to stay in-tune with that because the topic of 'Is he playing in the game?' versus 'Is he medically cleared?' -- those are two totally different issues."
McCarthy didn't mention anything about first-team reps, but he did say that Rodgers practiced on Wednesday in a limited fashion.
"Aaron's obviously very important to our organization," McCarthy said. "He's the face of our franchise and until he's medically cleared, just like any other player going through a significant injury, that's really where the focus will be. But he practiced today in a limited fashion."
If Rodgers doesn't receive medical clearance this week, then backup quarterback Matt Flynn is expected to make his third straight start. Rodgers returning against Dallas would obviously be huge for Green bay considering the game's implications. A loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, combined with a win by either Chicago or Detroit would leave the Packers on the brink of playoff elimination.