Rodgers doubtful, but not out

December 17, 2010

Posted: December 17, 2010 1:39 p.m. CT
Updated: December 17, 2010 2:18 p.m. CT


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers Aaron Rodgers didn't practice and didn't address reporters on Friday about his concussion, but he was in good enough spirits to banter about a reporter's sweater and his alleged lunch with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

Rodgers didn't practice all week ahead of Sunday night's big game at New England, but coach Mike McCarthy said the "door was open" for Rodgers to face the Patriots, assuming he clears all of the mental and physical testing stemming from last week's head injury at Detroit.

"He's progressing through the medical process," McCarthy said on Friday after listing Rodgers as officially doubtful for the game. "He was able to attend probably three-quarters of the practice today, and he'll continue to work through that process today and tomorrow.

"I'm hopeful to make a decision by tomorrow, but the door is open for Aaron Rodgers to play in the game. It really comes down to two things. No. 1, he has to be cleared medically, and Dr. John Gray will have the final say on that. And if he does make it to that point, then (I) myself will make a decision on whether he plays or not. Right now he's still working through the medical part."

Rodgers did not take a snap at practice all week. After being held out of team meetings and film study on Wednesday and Thursday, McCarthy said Rodgers attended some of Friday's meetings before going through more concussion testing.

Rodgers suffered his concussion when the back of his head hit the turf on a first-half scramble against the Lions. It's his second concussion of the season