Packers' Rodgers to practice Wednesday

Published: December 17 2013 | 5:36 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:59 am in
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers plans to practice Wednesday, and he said he feels closer to being ready to return after missing the last six games.

However, he didn't sound optimistic his next scan this week will reveal significant changes to the status of his injured collarbone.

"I think you can probably guess," Rodgers said on his weekly ESPN radio show Tuesday. "I have an idea what it's going to look like based on the previous one, the amount of days we have between scans, project that forward to a similar amount of days and have a pretty good idea and provide over-radiation."

Even though Rodgers will be on the practice field Wednesday, Matt Flynn will likely continue to see the bulk of the starter reps.

"My hope is that I practice tomorrow and experience no setbacks, mentally or physically, and then we'll go from there," Rodgers said.

Rodgers was asked how he felt last week when told he would be inactive for a sixth straight game.

"Sadness and frustration. But not anger," Rodgers said. "I have a ton of respect for (Dr.) Pat (McKenzie). He does an incredible job. Sometimes those guys need to save you from yourself."

Rodgers has been sidelined since suffering a fractured collarbone on his non-throwing left side early in the Nov. 4 loss to the Chicago Bears.

If Rodgers remains sidelined, Flynn will make his fourth consecutive start when the Packers host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Flynn engineered five second-half touchdown drives in Green Bay's dramatic Week 15 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The Packers will win the NFC North with wins in their final two weeks, which includes the season finale against the Bears at Soldier Field.

--Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that Pittsburgh will worry about Aaron Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers decide the quarterback's status for Sunday game.

Tomlin said the Packers are playing well with Matt Flynn in for Rodgers.

"We are not going to worry about (Rodgers) until we find out for sure," Tomlin said, adding that practices will focus on scheme, not one quarterback or the other.

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