GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers would rather not let the “Will he-or-won’t he” questions linger until Sunday.
The Packers’ franchise quarterback expects a decision Friday —Saturday tops — whether he’ll be medically cleared to face the Atlanta Falcons in a game crucial to the team’s dwindling playoff prospects.
“It’s a medical decision. There were three parts to it: the strength, the range of motion and the evidence that we see on the scan. Two out of three are passed so far,” Rodgers said Wednesday.
It was the results of the scan on the fractured left collarbone that disappointed Rodgers earlier in the week. He’s healing, but the outlook wasn’t as promising as he hoped.
If he can’t go, Matt Flynn is back in again. Rodgers doesn’t want his backup waiting until game time to learn that he’s the starter.
“No, I don’t think that’s fair to Matt if we do that. I think by Friday or Saturday at the latest there will be a decision,” he said.
No other scans on Rodgers’ collarbone were planned for this week, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Limited in practice Wednesday, Rodgers was following rehab protocol. McCarthy will measure Rodgers’ progress Thursday.
But at least one person thinks Rodgers is a go, even if the Packers themselves aren’t sure.
“We’re anticipating that he’s going to play this week,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I know that there was information that came out (Tuesday) that said that he wasn’t cleared, but he’s not been ruled out. We’re taking that that he’s playing.”
The value of the 2011 NFL MVP has never been more evident than over the past month, with Green Bay 0-4-1 since one of the most irreplaceable players in the league got hurt on the first series of the 27-20 loss Nov. 4 to the Bears.