Mike McCarthy Presser 12/18: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb Wait on Medical Clearance

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As expected, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gave minimal information regarding Aaron Rodgers and several other of his most important players.

Wednesday was billed as the day where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers medical staff would have their weekly "meeting of the minds" regarding his collarbone. That doesn't mean anyone outside 1265 Lombardi Avenue should expect to know Rodgers' status before Friday, however. Mike McCarthy echoed those sentiments in his Wednesday press conference.

Aaron is doing better. Still has not been cleared by the medical staff. Similar work pattern to last week. Looked sharp. We will take the week. We're going through a similar process as we did last week.

McCarthy deftly avoided answering the media's questions about whether Rodgers underwent scans today. Given that the quarterback himself seemed to indicate another scan was scheduled for the middle of the week, it stands to reason that one took place today or will take place tomorrow. Regardless, don't expect the Packers to reveal Rodgers' availability until Friday.

The Packers head coach had more injuries to report on, as receiver Randall Cobb appears another step closer to returning to action. For the first time since fracturing his tibia against the Ravens, Cobb took part in individual receiver drills. This takes place a week after he was first cleared for running. While the Packers won't clarify his status until later in the week, it appears Cobb has a real chance at suiting up this weekend.

A less muddled situation is that of Eddie Lacy. The Packers' workhorse back was held out of practice in what McCarthy deemed, "Just being smart." Lacy missed most of last week's practices with an ankle injury suffered during the closing seconds of the first half against Atlanta. Just as they did a week ago, expect the team to keep Lacy sidelined until Friday.

Finally, McCarthy shared his concerns about experiencing a letdown performance one week after a 23-point comeback.

I'm concerned about a letdown. History tells you your team is open to that. Anytime your rise to a level of performance that our football team rose to, you have to be ready for a down spell. We look at that weekly.

This is a rather transparent motivational tactic by McCarthy, but it probably isn't necessary. While the win in Dallas was indeed emotional, the Packers have every reason to focus on taking care of business this week after the Lions relinquished control over the NFC North. Especially with the prospect of Rodgers returning this Sunday, a letdown due to effort and emotion seems highly unlikely.

That's all from McCarthy. Keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company for the latest Packers news and developments.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, and his work has appeared on Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, and the List Universe.

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