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Asked if he might play at New England on Sunday night, the quarterback didn’t say a word but flashed a smile and shrugged his shoulders.
Coach Mike McCarthy isn’t ruling him out, however.
“He’s working his way through the process,” McCarthy said. “There are stages that you work through. But he’s making progress, and I talked to him today. He looks good (and) would like to play.”
McCarthy is hoping to make that decision by Saturday, after he waits to see how Rodgers checks out with further mandatory post-concussion evaluations and testing administered by Packers team doctor John Gray as well as an independent neurologist.
Rodgers‘ prospects for extending his starting streak to 47 games (including the playoffs) _ he hasn’t missed a game since replacing Brett Favre as the starter at the beginning of the 2008 season _ hinge on two things, McCarthy said.
“Number one, he has to be cleared medically, and Dr. John Gray will have the final say on that,” McCarthy said. “And if he does make it to that point, then myself will make a decision on whether he plays or not. Right now, he’s still working through the medical part.”
Rodgers suffered his first concussion in an overtime loss at Washington on Oct. 10. He was cleared to return to practice four days later and made the start in Green Bay’s next game.
After having one of their top players afflicted by multiple concussions in a short time frame, McCarthy said the Packers changed out Rodgers‘ helmet this week to one that provides better protection for his head.
“He’ll be wearing a new helmet from this time moving forward,” McCarthy said.
Rodgers‘ condition seemed to take a turn for the better Friday.
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