NFL: Aaron Rodgers unlikely to start for Green Bay Packers against Atlanta Falcons
Last Updated: 06/12/13 1:55pm
Aaron Rodgers: Has not played since defeat to Bears
Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to start for Green Bay against Atlanta on Sunday despite moving "a step closer" to returning.
The Packers quarterback has been sidelined since suffering a fractured collarbone in the defeat to Chicago on November 4.
With Scott Tolzein and Matt Flynn under centre, Green Bay have lost three of their last four matches while their week 12 clash with Minnesota ended in a 26-26 tie.
The Packers must beat the lowly Falcons this weekend to retain any hope of reaching the post-season, but indications are that Rodgers will not be cleared by medical staff.
Rodgers has returned to training, although he has been limited to individual drills as Flynn played a full part in first-team practice.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Rodgers is a "step closer" to returning, but he still has to undergo contact drills and further scans to prove his left collarbone has fully healed.
"I thought he made a little bit of progress today," McCarthy said after practice.
"Until he's been cleared by the medical staff, he will not be able to play. We're making progress. He feels better.
"He's doing more in the weight room. He's a step closer. But how far away? Time will answer that question."
Even if he is cleared it would be a risk for the Packers to throw Rodgers back into the action, so they may try and get through the game with Flynn under centre.
However, with their play-off hopes hanging by the balance they might have one last roll of the dice as their season will be over if they lose again.