It's important to keep expectations in check, especially when it comes to Aaron Rodgers' recovery.
That said, for the first time since he fractured his collarbone on November 4, Rodgers participated in practice.
Unsurprisingly, the Packers' starting quarterback was only a limited participant today, taking part only in position drills. Rodgers has said for over a week now that he can throw and run without any discomfort. However, the issue is no longer pain tolerance, it's risk of re-injury.
Rodgers said on his radio show after the injury that he would have to practice at least two days before a game in order to play. The Lions game is two days away, suggesting that Rodgers could return if he receives medical clearance.
That's hardly a guarantee, though. Recall that only a day ago, head coach Mike McCarthy described the chances of Rodgers playing this week as "slim to none." There are clearly multiple hurdles for the Packers' quarterback to clear, and it's unlikely that all are overcome before this Thursday.
Regardless, this is fantastic news for Green Bay. A return for Rodgers appears near, something we couldn't have said a day ago.