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Aaron Rodgers returns to practice, still unlikely to play Thursday

Aaron Rodgers was in uniform and practicing for the Packers on Tuesday.
Aaron Rodgers was in uniform and practicing for the Packers on Tuesday.

However, don't expect a Thanksgiving return to the field for Green Bay's franchise QB.

Mike McCarthy said following the Packers' practice that Rodgers will likely not play against the Lions on Thursday. 

"This was a big day actually for him (Rodgers) as far as doing throwing and some of the targets that the training staff wanted to hit with him they definitely hit them so he feels good but I don't think he's going to make it this week,"  McCarthy said. 

McCarthy said Matt Flynn took all the starting reps in the walk-through practice.  Flynn will likely get the start against the Lions.  He would be the fourth different starting quarterback for the team in the month of November.

On his weekly ESPN Wisconsin radio show Tuesday, Rodgers spoke about his status:

"I haven't had any pain throwing.  The issues, which people probably don't understand, they think, 'oh no pain, why doesn't he play?' It's not that simple, there's obviously risk management and then there's the flexibility and the strength, which are two other components of this injury which need to be where I want them to be in order to play, so the flexibility and the strength have been the last to come, and we'll go from there."
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