Injury report: Rodgers takes a small step

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Just because Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced in pads Thursday does not mean anything has changed with his status for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers have not ruled out Rodgers, but they haven’t cleared him for game action, either.

It was Rodgers’ first workout in pads since he broke his collarbone on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers took part in individual drills.

“I thought he made a little bit of progress today,” McCarthy said after practice.

McCarthy wouldn’t say if more tests are scheduled on Rodgers’ collarbone this week.

“Until he’s been cleared by the medical staff, he will not be able to play,” McCarthy said. “We’re making progress. He feels better. He’s doing more in the weight room. He’s a step closer. But how far away? Time will answer that question.”

The Packers were missing two offensive-line starters on Thursday. Left tackle David Bakhtiari went home with an illness, and center Evan Dietrich-Smith was held out because of the sprained ankle he sustained on Wednesday.

“Evan Dietrich-Smith, I’m hopeful he can do something tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “But getting injured on Wednesday is never a good thing. I guess it’s better than getting injured on Thursday. We’ll just take it day-to-day.”

Here’s the full injury report:

  • T David Bakhtiari (illness, did not practice)

  • TE Brandon Bostick (concussion, full participation)

  • C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle, did not practice)

  • LB Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps, full participation)

  • OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, did not practice)

  • OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation)

  • DT Ryan Pickett (knee, did not practice)

  • QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, limited participation)

  • DE C.J. Wilson (ankle, did not practice)