Aaron Rodgers vs. Washington

Aaron Rodgers has already said he plans on playing when the Green Bay Packers face the Atlanta Falcons next week, but coach Mike McCarthy isn’t making any such guarantees.

Rodgers returned to practice this past week on a limited basis and has been throwing without pain after breaking his collarbone nearly four weeks ago.

On Friday, McCarthy said there are more tests to be done.

“I don’t know that,” McCarthy said. “I just know when we came off the field Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to play yet. So we’ll see how the testing goes, but it needs to be the right thing. I know he wants to play. I know he’s trying to gear up each and every week to play, but we’ll see what happens next week.”

It seems like the real question now is whether to even risk anything with Rodgers.

We understand that he wants to play, but after yesterday’s showing, it’s clear this team isn’t going anywhere this season. The defense is an embarrassment that not even Rodgers can mask. And if the offensive line plays like it did on Thursday, Rodgers is going to get killed.

He’ll either injure his collarbone worse or suffer some other kind of injury.

That being said, despite not winning a game in five weeks, the Packers are somehow still only a game and a half out of first place in the NFC North.

Can Rodgers cover up all the other problems with this Packers team and still lead them to the playoffs? We have our doubts — and this looks like another one and done playoff team even if they do make it — but it remains a possibility.

The Packers are off until Monday. We should know more then.