Aaron Rodgers: spectating

Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his collarbone. Don’t get your hopes up for him playing when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions on Thursday, though.

Coach Mike McCarthy said that isn’t going to happen.

“He had a good day practicing, but he’s not going to make it,” McCarthy said. “It’s closer to none than slim. Took part in individual drills. It’s part of the process.”

So who is going to start?

McCarthy said yesterday he’s preparing both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. However, Flynn took the reps with the No. 1 offense on Tuesday.

Despite that, McCarthy hasn’t actually named Flynn the starter.

“He took the starter reps today. And that’s where we are,” McCarthy said.

That’s good enough for us. You should expect Flynn to be under center on Thursday. Hopefully, he can recreate some of the magic he had last time he played the Lions as a member of the Packers.

At the end of the 2011 season, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a shootout. The way the Packers defense is playing right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if this week’s game resembled that one.