GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Say this much about Aaron Rodgers: His broken collarbone doesn’t appear to have slowed down his fastball.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback took part in individual drills during the portion of Wednesday’s practice that was open to reporters. Just like he did last Tuesday, Rodgers took snaps from the backup centers. He threw mostly short- and intermediate-range passes, but they appeared to have his usual velocity.
Nevertheless, Rodgers still looks like a long shot to make his return on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. The tests he underwent Tuesday did not show enough healing for team doctors to clear him to do anything more than some light practicing.
While Rodgers took snaps with practice-squad lineman Garth Gerhart and JC Tretter, who remain on the physically unable to perform list, Matt Flynn worked with starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that Flynn would take the starter’s reps in practice.
Dietrich-Smith returned after dropping out of Thursday’s 40-10 loss at the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury. He appeared to put on a brace just before practice started.
Only two players did not practice. They were linebacker Mike Neal, who was listed on the injury report last week with an abdominal injury but played against the Lions; and defensive end C.J. Wilson, who was inactive because of an ankle injury.
The full injury report and comments from coach Mike McCarthy will be available after practice.