AARON RODGERS looked fine on the practice field yesterday. It doesn't mean he is going to play.
There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was just another day in the guessing game called "When Will the Franchise Quarterback Return" for the Packers.
Coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter today.
Rodgers also made several references to his playing status being an "organizational decision."
"Just a Thursday practice, didn't take a lot of reps with the teams but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good," Rodgers said. "It's obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point."
Rodgers was listed as "limited" on the official practice report.
During a brief portion of practice open to media, Rodgers did a little stretching and looked sharp in position drills. He watched as backup Matt Flynn led the offense during another short practice period.
"Aaron Rodgers practiced well today. Tomorrow is - we have the medical meetings on Wednesday and Friday, so we'll have a conversation tomorrow," McCarthy said. "Obviously, today he's still not medically cleared. Looked very good at practice. I would state him ready to play."
Flynn took the majority of the reps yesterday, McCarthy said. Flynn has said he's preparing this week as if he'll start.
By all accounts, Rodgers is itching to return. He hasn't played since getting knocked out of the first series of a 27-20 loss Nov. 4 to the Bears.
Green Bay started 0-4-1 without him before rallying for two straight come-from-behind victories to get back into the NFC North race.
* New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, injured last weekend against Seattle.
* Jim Harbaugh said he "absolutely" wants to coach the 49ers for the long haul. The third-year NFL coach signed a 5-year, $25 million contract when he left Stanford to take over the 49ers in January 2011. Team CEO Jed York said this week that he would like to hammer out a new deal for Harbaugh during the offseason.
There has been speculation that the University of Texas might pursue Harbaugh.
"In Judge Judy's court, hearsay is not admissible evidence," he said. "I watch a lot of Judge Judy."
* Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) and quarterback Carson Palmer (high ankle sprain) both say they expect to play Sunday at Seattle. Fitzgerald has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play.
* Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson remains on track to return to action Sunday at Cincinnati despite being held out of practice for further treatment on his sprained right foot.