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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Aaron Rodgers still not cleared

By Rob Demovsky
ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Aaron Rodgers watch will continue for at least one more day.

Whether it stretches into next week likely will depend on what happens at the Green Bay Packers' practice Friday.

Rodgers took some snaps during 11-on-11 drills in Thursday's practice, the first time he has done so in pads since he broke his collarbone Nov. 4, but still has not been medically cleared to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

"If I'm going to play Sunday, I'm going to need to take the majority of the reps tomorrow," Rodgers said after Thursday's practice.

Rodgers also will undergo a scan on the collarbone Friday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

He said he is holding out hope he could return for Sunday's game, but for that to happen, team doctors will need to do another scan of his left clavicle. He has not had one since Dec. 3, and that did not show enough healing for him to be cleared. Team physician Pat McKenzie typically examines injured players on Wednesdays and Fridays.

"I think there's more to it than that," Rodgers said, "but I would guess there would have to be another scan for me to be on the field."

Last week, pain also was an issue when he practiced. After last Wednesday's session, Rodgers reduced his workload the rest of the week and by Friday did very little in practice.

That does not appear to be the case this week. Rodgers took the first snap during at least one practice drill Thursday. That was significant because the starting quarterback typically takes the first rep of every drill.

Rodgers said he felt better after his two practice sessions this week than he did last week.

"He's getting better," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it. It's good to have him out there."

If Rodgers is not cleared, Matt Flynn will play in his fourth straight game and make his third straight start. He led the Packers to a 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday for Green Bay's first win since Rodgers was injured.