Well, holy hell! Let’s get this out of the way — Aaron Rodgers is not cleared to play for the Green Bay Packers this week. However, he did take some reps with the first-team offense today.
There was a report this morning that the Packers were pessimistic about Rodgers’ chances of playing this week. This week’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, said they’re preparing for Rodgers. And maybe with good reason.
Although Matt Flynn took most of the reps with the No. 1 offense, Rodgers did more than individual drills today. He’s been doing nothing but since returning to practice two weeks ago.
Today, Rodgers got some reps with the No. 1 offense.
Tight end Andrew Quarless let the cat out of the bag.
“’12’ looked real good today. It was good to see him out there, really working with the (No. 1) offense. He was out there before but wasn’t working as much with the offense, but today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team,” Quarless said. Asked to clarify that they were first-team reps, Quarless replied, “Yes, sir.”
So what does this mean?
Well, we wish we could tell you.
Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t really talk about it. And probably for good reason. Do you want to see QB1 out there on Sunday? Yes, we know you do. The Dallas Cowboys sure as shit don’t, though.
So why announce it?
Before we get too excited, though, let’s remain pessimistic. It isn’t as if Rodgers was taking all the snaps. We know he felt pain last week after practicing. We also know this is probably part of the rehab schedule.
It’s not done yet, but the fact that Rodgers was taking first-team snaps on Wednesday — instead of Friday, or not at all — is a damn good sign.