A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers still believe they are in the playoff hunt, and while that technically is true, the reality is that with a 5-6-1 record heading into the final month of the season, it is a long shot.
Which means it's not too early to start thinking about the NFL draft.
Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information, we now know where the Packers might end up in the 2014 draft order. If the season ended today, the Packers would hold the No. 16 overall pick in the draft.
They have not picked in the first half of the first round since 2009, when they held the ninth overall pick after finishing 6-10 in 2008. They took defensive tackle B.J. Raji with that pick, and Raji turned into a better-than-average player.
What kind of player would the Packers be getting at No. 16?
Here's a look at the last five players taken in that spot:
2013: QB EJ Manuel, who won the starting job for the Buffalo Bills as a rookie.
2012: Defensive end Quinton Coples, who had 5.5 sacks for the New York Jets as a rookie.
In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
Much to his chagrin, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not cleared for game action yet. Though he hasn't been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, the tests he went through on Tuesday did not show enough healing in his broken collarbone.
For now, Matt Flynn will handle the starting quarterback duties in practice.
Here's a comparison between Flynn and fellow backup quarterback Scott Tolzien.
Coach Mike McCarthy hinted that some changes could be on the way this week, but the only noticeable difference so far was the release of safety Jerron McMillian. He was cut to make room for running back Kahlil Bell. The Packers also added first-year cornerback Antonio Dennard to their practice squad. Dennard has spent time with the Giants and Jaguars.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, you can listen to Rodgers' weekly radio show in its entirety.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that despite a major offseason emphasis on reducing injuries, McCarthy still doesn't have any answers to their injury problems.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne wrote that general manager Ted Thompson's failure to address the backup quarterback position has left the Packers in this position.
The Associated Press profiled a Mississippi high school offensive coordinator named Brett Favre. The three-time NFL MVP will coach in the state championship game on Friday.