Aaron Rodgers still not cleared

Updated: December 16, 2013, 8:43 PM ET
By Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The drill has become the same for Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who will begin another week preparing a game plan for Matt Flynn to start at quarterback while waiting to find out if Aaron Rodgers can return from his collarbone injury.

A day after their improbable comeback from a 23-point halftime deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers were back in a wait-and-see mode with Rodgers on Monday.

The Packers play their penultimate regular-season game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers still has not received medical clearance to return from his broken collarbone and has missed six consecutive games.

When McCarthy met with the team's medical staff Monday, he said Rodgers' situation was not even discussed. McCarthy said that won't happen until Wednesday morning, when Rodgers will be evaluated by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.

"We're game-planning right now for Matt Flynn," McCarthy said Monday. "That's the way we started the conversation Saturday. We do some preliminary game-planning each week for the next opponent, so that's the way we're going about it as an offensive staff."

Rodgers appeared to be on the verge of a return last week, when he took snaps with the starting offense in practice for the first time since his injury.

But a source confirmed that Rodgers underwent a scan after last Thursday's practice, and the result of that scan was not enough to convince McKenzie to clear the star quarterback to return against the Cowboys.

"Personally, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed [that Rodgers was ruled out]," Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji said after Sunday's game. "He's the best quarterback in the league in my opinion, but we responded as a team in the second half."

Flynn led the Packers to their second straight victory –- their only two since Rodgers' injury. He threw four touchdown passes, all in the second half, to keep the Packers' playoff hopes alive at 7-6-1 with two games remaining.

The Packers need to beat the Steelers and the Chicago Bears (8-6) in the regular-season finale, and hope the Detroit Lions (7-6) lose once in order to win the NFC North.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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