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Rodgers not cleared to play against Falcons, says it's 'a waiting game'

Aaron Rodgers. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rodgers not cleared to play against Falcons, says it's 'a waiting game'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Dec 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 3, 2013

Will Aaron Rodgers play Sunday for the Green Bay Packers against Atlanta?  We won't know the answer, at least for one day.

"Unfortunately for everyone involved, myself included, it's going to be a waiting game, see how I'm feeling," said Rodgers on ESPN Radio Tuesday.

"Aaron Rodgers' status, he has not been cleared yet by the medical staff.  He will practice tomorrow in a limited fashion.  We have not ruled him out for the game yet," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy Tuesday in a news conference which aired on TODAY'S TMJ4.

"Aaron wants to play...it's a medical situation.  He has a clear understanding of where he is, as far as the process of getting back on the field."

Rodgers said what he feels like, among other things, he needs to be able to be cleared to pray.

"A lot of praying...it's really about the risk of going back out there."

Rodgers underwent tests on Tuesday.  He said he saw the scan, and "we're now four weeks and one day from my fracture...we've made some incredible progress....a lot of it is just the bone healing."

"I can't say this morning was the greatest news.  I was hoping for full clearance to get back out there."

He had his collarbone broken in the Packers' loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4.

The Packers have been 0-4-1 since.

A report Sunday said Rodgers could be shut down for the rest of the 2013 season, but he said he would be ready to return Sunday.

"I've put nine years into this.  You don't want to miss an opportunity," he said. "We have to win out."

McCarthy said Matt Flynn will take the starter's reps in practice tomorrow.

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.