Aaron Rodgers still not cleared

Updated: December 20, 2013, 10:06 AM ET
By Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes he knows whether he will make his long-awaited return from a broken collarbone on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But he's not saying.

In fact, he did not say much at all in a short session with reporters at his locker Thursday.

"I have a good sense of what's going to happen," Rodgers said.

A day after splitting practice snaps with Matt Flynn, Rodgers said he did very little in the team periods on Thursday. Rodgers still has not received medical clearance for game action.

"It's an organizational and a medical decision at this point," Rodgers said.

The Packers are not expecting Rodgers to play Sunday, a source familiar with situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

"I don't see them clearing him unless something significantly changes with the doctor," the source said.

It has been 45 days since Rodgers was injured against the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike McCarthy would not say whether the fact that Rodgers has not been cleared means that Flynn would start Sunday. One more round of medical meetings is scheduled for Friday before final designations for Sunday have to be declared.

"I'll have an announcement for you tomorrow," McCarthy said Thursday. "Aaron was a limited participant today, and I thought he looked very good."

The Packers (7-6-1) have not practiced in pads this week, but McCarthy indicated that Rodgers has made significant progress over last week. Rodgers said he has completed nearly every pass he has thrown in practice the past two days.

"He looks like he's ready to play," McCarthy said.

However, McCarthy would not say whether he thought Rodgers should be cleared.

"You wanted to know how he looks; he looks good," McCarthy said. "He's a limited practice participant. He hasn't been medically cleared."

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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