Rodgers is doubtful but McCarthy leaving door open

You almost never see a player listed doubtful on the injury report actually dress for a game on Sundays.

Either Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is seriously considering doing just that with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game at New England. Or he really wants you to think the option is in play for the Packers, who face real uphill climb to reach the postseason now after losing last week at Detroit when Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with his second concussion of the season.

Rodgers has yet to be cleared medically, but …

“The door is open for Aaron Rodgers to play in the game," McCarthy said Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

McCarthy said that Rodgers is making “progress” and after saying earlier in the week that he would make a decision today, he’s now left it open to go up until game time.

Rodgers isn’t talking about the situation.

"There's not a written script for this," McCarthy said. "The goal as I stated Monday, Wednesday and Thursday would be to make a decision by Saturday. But with the late start Sunday, we can leave the door open for that.

“He looks good, would like to play. But once again, him and Dr. John Gray are working through this, and until he's cleared medically, then it comes to me."

Given the intense focus on concussions this season, it would be surprising if Rodgers plays, at least to us. But we might not know until 90 minutes before kickoff when inactives must be revealed.

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