The playing status of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers currently isn't any different from the past several weeks but perhaps that's about to change.
As of Monday, a day after the Packers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31, head coach Mike McCarthy revealed no new information regarding Rodgers but said the process of deciding whether or not he plays won't play out all week long like it has in previous weeks.
"Same deal, a lot of conversation going on with Aaron, obviously Dr. McKenzie, Ted Thompson and I, so we're working through that," said McCarthy. "I do not have anything to announce (as of Monday). Hopefully we can get the question answered sooner than later, so we're still working through that."
Rodgers' status may not have changed yet, but the situation the Packers find themselves in has drastically changed. They enter the Week 17 regular-season finale at the Chicago Bears in a do-or-die situation.
The matchup is essentially a de facto NFC North championship game with the winner clinching the division title and a fourth seed in the playoffs, meaning it would also host a home game in the wildcard round of the NFC side of the bracket.
Since Rodgers injured his collarbone back in early November, the Packers are 2-5-1 and have stayed alive in the playoff chase largely due to other teams in the division losing as well.
Still, they're 2-2 with Matt Flynn as the starting quarterback and could be in a situation where Flynn starts again unless Rodgers is medically cleared.
Because of the Christmas holiday, the Packers are practicing on Tuesday, their typical day off, and instead taking off Wednesday for Christmas.
McCarthy has made it clear the Packers won't be making a decision on Rodgers at the 11th hour, like they have the past couple weeks, perhaps meaning a decision could come as soon as Tuesday.
"I think No. 1 for the football team and also Aaron Rodgers, I think it's important for us to make a quicker decision," said McCarthy. "This obviously frustrating, stressful for Aaron, rightfully so, but also our football team. I want them to know who our quarterback's going to be."
Rodgers will appear on his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliates in Madison and Milwaukee and streamed online at ESPNWisconsin.com at 1:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Whether or not he'll have any new information to share regarding his status is unknown, but he's typically been forthcoming about at least addressing the situation.
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