Just as they've done for the past few weeks, the Packers are taking a decision on Aaron Rodgers down to the 11th hour.
There's no more clarity on Rodgers than there was a day ago, a week ago, even a month ago. The latest information is that he still hasn't been medically cleared and the Packers are still preparing for Matt Flynn to be the starter.
Could that all change on Friday? Perhaps. Friday is a medical evaluation day, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Presumably, Rodgers will be meeting with team doctor Pat McKenzie once again Friday morning, but whether anything changes is unknown.
Based upon Rodgers saying he hasn't taken practice reps in the team drills, the growing feeling is that he'll once again be inactive, but nothing is certain.
Apart from Rodgers, the Packers are hoping several other players are cleared to return on Friday, the last day of on-field preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom the Packers will face on Sunday.
Five players have not practiced either Wednesday or Thursday this week, but have not been ruled out: running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), linebackers Mike Neal (abdomen), Brad Jones (ankle) and Nick Perry (foot) and tight end Brandon Bostick (foot).
Last week, neither Lacy nor Neal took part in practice the first two days of the week but return to take part on Friday, and the same situation could play out once again.
"Just being smart with (Lacy)," McCarthy said. "I'm not concerned. He's been through all the walk-throughs. This is pretty similar to the plan we had for Eddie last week, so we'll evaluate him in the morning and see what his practice reps will be."
Depth at linebacker could be tested if Neal, Jones and Perry don't progress, but there's still more than 48 hours until gametime, providing more time for recovery.
The Packers will release their daily injury report with game day status projections (probable, questionable, doubtful or out) on Friday, immediately preceding McCarthy's press conference, which will be streamed on the Packers official website at 12:25 p.m. CT.
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