Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting closer to his return, but his status for this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is still a toss-up. There are no indications that Rodgers will play this week, but there are no strong indications that the Packers will hold him out another week. It’s a situation that will be monitored as closely as possible over the next few days, since the Packers have no margin for error in their quest for the NFC North crown and a playoff spot.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein reports that Aaron Rodgers is still doing individual drills today and that the set-up is the “same as last week”. While reporters weren’t given access to the team drills, they did see that Matt Flynn is still getting the majority of the workload. Flynn has done an admirable job of leading the Packers and had an awesome second-half in the team’s epic comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys last week (it more than made up for his bad first-half), but it’s obvious that the Packers will want to have Rodgers back as soon as possible if it doesn’t involve him aggravating an injury.
If the Packers win this week, then I would be shocked if Rodgers does not start in Week 17 in what will be a game-for-the-ages kind of showdown against the rival Chicago Bears. Rodgers’s status needs to be monitored closely this week, since his status is still totally up-in-the-air due to all of the variables involved. It’s good to hear that he’s still taking individual drills, but we’re not really learning anything new about Rodgers’s progress or chances of playing; he’s basically doing the same stuff as he did last week, and we have no indications of his practice status in team drills.