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Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers not cleared, but did more today

Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers watch warm ups before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not been medically cleared to return for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. But Rodgers seems to be getting closer.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said after practice today that while Rodgers was not a full participant, he’s increasing his workload, which would appear to be a positive sign.

“Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice today,” McCarthy said, “He did a little more today than he did yesterday.”

Rodgers will be medically evaluated on Friday, but McCarthy’s football evaluation was positive.

“He’s getting better. He’s Aaron Rodgers. The thing you appreciate is, my man can throw the football. He throws the heck out of it,” McCarthy said.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Rodgers was moving well and throwing with good velocity during the portion of practice that’s open to the media, which is another good sign. Still, just because Rodgers looks good in a non-contact practice, that doesn’t mean the team’s medical staff is ready for him to go in a game. That decision hasn’t been made yet.