Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was officially ruled out of Sunday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, but according to reports, he was never close to taking the field this week.
Rodgers, recovering from a broken collarbone that has sidelined him for the past six weeks, took part in limited practice Friday but still has not been medically cleared to play. However, ESPN reported Sunday that "extraordinary risk" remains, and his return this season is questionable.
"As an organization we do not feel like we are ready for him to play," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's not medically cleared, that's still the case today. As an organization, we don't think this is the right time for him to play."
Matt Flynn started Sunday's game for the Packers (7-6-1), who entered Sunday a half-game behind the Chicago Bears (8-6) in the NFC North. The Packers visit the Bears in the regular-season finale Dec. 29.
Sunday was Green Bay's seventh without Rodgers, who has been battling for several weeks to return to the field and increased his workload on the field and in the weight room this week. He will begin the process of attempting to get medically cleared again Monday or Tuesday.
"I thought Aaron Rodgers did everything he can possibly do," McCarthy said. "That man attacked the rehab aspect of it."
McCarthy declined to provide details on the decision-making process regarding Rodgers' return, or who the final decision ultimately falls to, offering only that he "absolutely" agrees with the decision.