Injured QB Aaron Rodgers draws raves after filling in on scout team

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers' arm isn't the problem.

That was evident Wednesday when the Green Bay Packers quarterback practiced in front of reporters for the first time since his Oct. 15 collarbone injury.

Although Rodgers actually returned to practice on Saturday, this was the first time anyone was allowed to watch. During the open periods of the no-pads practice, Rodgers not only threw passes but also lined up at cornerback to simulate defensive players.

"He throws the ball unlike any I've ever seen," said Brett Hundley, who will start at least one more game at quarterback on Sunday at Cleveland. "Still slinging it."

Or as receiver Jordy Nelson put it: "He looks like himself."

Last week, linebacker Clay Matthews joked that Rodgers looked so good during his rehab work that maybe the Packers probably shouldn't have put him on injured reserve after he broke his right clavicle against the Vikings.

"Like I said last week or something like that, I think guys have just seen him, throwing the ball in general," Matthews said Wednesday. "So I think we know when he comes back we know what he brings to the table. In the meantime, there's no point in getting too excited over his hopeful return, because Brett's our guy. We've got these four more games, and I assume one more game with Brett at the helm. We've got to get this win first, but hopefully that's the plan moving forward."

Rodgers still has tests to pass before he can play. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers has not been medically cleared for contact yet. Rodgers is expected to undergo a scan to see if his collarbone has healed after Sunday's game against the Browns.

That's why Rodgers worked as one of the three scout-team quarterbacks on Wednesday.

"There was one that was really good," Hundley said after practice.

While just about everyone around the Packers assumes that means Rodgers will go from scout-team star this week to starter next week when he's eligible to be activated off injured reserve, that's not how Hundley is looking at it.

"I've got to approach it like I'm the starter each and every week," said Hundley, who will make his seventh start on Sunday at the winless Cleveland Browns. "Even when I was the backup, every week, I try to approach it like I'm the starter because as we saw [when Rodgers got hurt against the] Vikings, you never know what's going to happen. Whatever happens, happens. I just have to approach it and be ready for if my number's called upon."

So while Hundley prepared for the Browns, getting most of the team reps, Rodgers split scout-team work with backup Joe Callahan and practice-squad quarterback Jerod Evans.

When asked if he thought Sunday's game would be his last start, Hundley said: "I mean, I have no idea. So those calls aren't up to me."