Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told the media on Monday that the team wouldn’t know anything about Aaron Rodgers’ status for the Week 16 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers until Wednesday. Unfortunately, it appears fans will have to wait a little longer for some definite news.
McCarthy stated in his Wednesday press conference that Rodgers has yet to be medically cleared to play for Sunday. However, that doesn’t mean he has been ruled out for the highly anticipated matchup. In fact, McCarthy said that Rodgers “threw the ball well” and “looked sharp” during practice, which is obviously great to hear.
At this point, it appears Green Bay and their quarterback will be in a similar situation as last week. Rodgers clearly wants to play, and more importantly, he believes he would have no problem getting the job done. Even though he has missed several weeks with a broken collarbone, the signal caller doesn’t think making the necessary throws will be an issue, despite how much time he has spent on the sidelines.
It will come down to what a scan reveals later this week. Team doctor Pat McKenzie is in a difficult position because he knows Rodgers wants to play. On the other hand, he knows that he must make sure the signal caller is healthy enough to take a hit and still be able to continue playing. More importantly, that Rodgers isn’t put in a position that could make the injury worse, which would affect next season.
Rodgers was asked on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN Milwaukee what he expects to happen this week in the lead up to a must-win game, in which he replied, “My hope is that I practice tomorrow (Wednesday) and experience no setbacks, mentally or physically, and then we’ll go from there.”
As of right now, taking small necessary steps is the only thing the Packers can do. Meanwhile, the players must believe they can keep the winning streak alive, with or without Rodgers.