GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — So much quarterback drama with the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers is tossing the football around again at practice. But don't expect to see Rodgers to be healed enough from his fractured left collarbone to play Thursday when Green Bay visits Detroit in a critical NFC North game.
"This was a big day actually for him as far as doing throwing and doing some of the things ... the training staff wanted to hit with him. They definitely hit it," coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday after practice. "So, he feels good but I don't think he's going to make it this week."
Tuesday marked Rodgers' return to practice since the Nov. 4 injury as anything more than an unofficial assistant quarterback coach. He was formally declared "limited" on the injury report.
Asked for more clarity after having pronounced Rodgers' chances as "slim to none" earlier this week, McCarthy told reporters: "Closer to none. I'm trying to help you out, the drama ... that you guys need. So, there it is, all right."
So then the starter is ... Matt Flynn. Probably.
Flynn took starter reps Tuesday, two days after helping to lead the Packers back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the Vikings 26-26 in overtime.
"That's where we are. Business as usual," McCarthy said. "Getting him ready. Getting ready to go."
Flynn hadn't actually been told as of early Tuesday afternoon that he'll be the starter. He said he didn't know when that decision will be made, though it seems like it's headed in that direction.
"But I'm preparing like I'm going to start. My mind is set to go out there and take the first snap and play, and do the best that I can, and try to move the ball," said Flynn, a one-time Packers backup who was re-signed two weeks ago.
The Packers' problems at quarterback started when Rodgers went down during the first series of the 27-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4. Green Bay, 5-2 at the time, has been winless since then.
Seneca Wallace replaced Rodgers, then started against the Eagles and played one series before leaving with a groin injury. He's now on injured reserve. Scott Tolzien replaced Wallace, and started the previous two weeks, but was relieved by Flynn on Sunday for ineffectiveness.