Head coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't confirm one way or another who the starting quarterback will be for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and won't decide until Saturday, but he didn't rule Aaron Rodgers out on Friday either.
"As far as an update on Aaron Rodgers, he’s progressing through the medical process," said McCarthy. "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 myself will make a decision on whether he plays or not. Right now he’s still working through the medical part."
McCarthy said that Rodgers began to participate in meetings today, proving that he's making progress. While there's still more hurdles to clear, this is the most encouraging news on the Rodgers front all week. That said, his official status is "doubtful" for Sunday.
The head coach also confirmed that Rodgers would be wearing a new helmet from this time forward.
In the meantime, Matt Flynn continues to take the bulk of the practice reps.
"I’m not going to confirm the starting quarterback at this point. Just as I’ve stated all week, we’re prepared to play the game with Matt Flynn as our starter," said McCarthy. "We’ve started that process since Monday."
In other potentially troubling injury news, outside linebacker Diyral Briggs was added to the injury report with an ankle injury and is "questionable" for Sunday.
While losing a player the caliber of Briggs wouldn't normally be such a blow, the team is already thin at the position.
Frank Zombo hasn't practiced all week and is listed as doubtful against the Patriots. Erik Walden, previously a street free agent, will start in his place.
The Packers have already lost the services of outside linebackers Brad Jones and Brady Poppinga who are on season-ending injured reserve. Furthermore, Clay Matthews has been battling shin issues most of the season that limit his availability during practice.
If Briggs can't go, the top backup figures to be Robert Francois.
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