Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been sidelined with a collarbone injury since early November, took some reps with the second-team offense at Wednesday's practice but he still hasn't been medically cleared to play against the Steelers Sunday in a game with playoff implications.
"He's doing better," coach Mike McCarthy said after practice, via the team web site. "He's still not been cleared by the medical staff. He threw the ball extremely well. He looked sharp. He's getting better. ...
“We're going to take a similar process to last week,” McCarthy said of Rodgers, which likely means that a decision won't be made until Friday, when the quarterback will be evaluated by the medical staff.
It Rodgers can't go, it would be the seventh game he's missed since going down in the first quarter of the Nov. 4 matchup with the Bears. The Packers were 5-2 heading into that game and have gone 2-4-1 since.
There was speculation earlier this month that Rodgers could be shut down for the rest of the season, especially if the team fell out of the playoff race. As it stands, Green Bay is eighth in the NFC, two places out of the final wild-card spot. But if the Packers win out (they have games remaining against the Steelers and Bears), they would win the NFC North.
If Rodgers is sidelined this week, Matt Flynn would make his fifth start of the season.