Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn’t mean he is going to play.
There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was just another day in the guessing game called “When Will the Franchise Quarterback Return” for the Packers.
Coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter today, though it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen judging solely by verbal cues.
Rodgers made several references to his playing status being an “organizational decision.”
“Just a Thursday practice, didn’t take a lot of reps with the teams but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good,” Rodgers said. “It’s obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point.”
Flat out, Aaron: Will you be playing Sunday?
“It’s a medical decision, it’s an organizational decision,” said Rodgers, who is listed as “limited” on the official practice report.
During a brief portion of practice open to media Thursday, Rodgers did a little stretching and looked sharp in position drills. He watched as backup Matt Flynn led the offense during another short practice period.
“Aaron Rodgers practiced well today. Tomorrow is — we have the medical meetings on Wednesday and Friday, so we’ll have a conversation tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, today he’s still not medically cleared. Looked very good at practice. I would state him ready to play.”
Flynn took the majority of the reps Thursday, McCarthy said. Flynn has said he’s preparing this week as if he’ll start.
By all accounts, Rodgers is itching to return. He hasn’t played since getting knocked out of the first series of a 27-20 loss Nov. 4 to the Bears.
Green Bay started 0-4-1 without him before rallying for two straight come-from-behind victories to get back into the NFC North race. Flynn has played well late in games to lead the Packers, but knows full well that Rodgers gets the job back whenever he’s cleared.
Cruz has knee surgery
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee.
Cruz had an arthroscopic debridement of the knee Thursday afternoon in Pensacola, Fla., after getting a second opinion on the injury he sustained last weekend against Seattle.
Cruz was injured Sunday in the third quarter of the Giants’ 23-0 loss to the Seahawks. He jumped to catch a pass and landed hard on his head. After he walked off the field, the Giants said he sustained a concussion and injured his knee.
Around the league
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains on track to return to action this weekend despite being held out of practice for further treatment on his sprained right foot. Peterson practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He wasn’t on the field at all in Thursday’s practice. … Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says he practiced fully on Thursday but has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play Sunday at Seattle.… Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the season because of lingering effects from a concussion.