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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Week 17 injury report: Green Bay Packers

By Stephania Bell

The Green Bay Packers' season is on the line in Week 17, as the Pack travels to Chicago to take on the Bears in a playoffs-or-bust showdown to determine which team wins the NFC North. Here's a look at Green Bay's key injuries.

Aaron Rodgers, QB (collarbone): The question of whether Rodgers will or won’t play isn’t going away but the answer, at least heading into last week’s game, remained the same: He had not been medically cleared to return. As ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky wrote on Monday, coach Mike McCarthy indicated he had not yet discussed Rodgers’ situation with team physician Pat McKenzie. It would seem, however, that medical clearance is the single biggest determinant in whether Rodgers can or will take the field. He continues to practice and to get more comfortable with physical activity, but it won’t mean a thing if there is still concern over his ability to absorb contact.

Last week, Matt Flynn worked almost exclusively with the first team, an early sign the team expected him to start even though it did not make an official announcement regarding who would start until late in the week. This week, according to Demovsky, McCarthy plans to announce that decision earlier. "I think it's important for us to make a quicker decision,” McCarthy said. “This has obviously been frustrating and stressful for Aaron, rightfully so, but also our football team. I want them to know who the quarterback's going to be.”

McCarthy also stated the decision will come after he meets with general manager Ted Thompson, thus reflecting the “organizational” decision. On Tuesday, Rodgers indicated the decision would be made by Thursday.

Eddie Lacy, RB (ankle): Lacy has been dealing with a sprained right ankle for the past two weeks but has managed to play strong nonetheless. He aggravated the ankle injury in the second half of Sunday’s game and will get some extra rest during the week as a result. McCarthy said Lacy will not practice until Thursday, but so far there is no indication that Lacy is in jeopardy of missing this Sunday's game.

Randall Cobb, WR (leg): Last week, Cobb turned in limited practices each day as he worked toward regaining his conditioning. Cobb has been on the IR/designated-for-return list since fracturing his tibial plateau during the middle of the season. Despite getting in some consistent practice last week, the Packers felt he was not ready to be activated last Sunday, but the door is still open for that to happen this week. McCarthy said Cobb will get more reps in practice this week. However, even if Cobb were to be activated in advance of Sunday, it’s hard to imagine him getting a full workload.