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Packers Control Postseason Destiny, Rodgers Waiting for Doctor's Clearance

The Packers playoff hopes received a big boost Monday night when the Lions lost to the Ravens, but that may not impact the decision of whether or not Aaron Rodgers plays this week
(WFRV-TV) - It's another week of waiting for Aaron Rodgers, and those anxiously waiting to see if he will return to game-action.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy says Rodgers still has not been medically cleared, but will continue to work this week before a decision is made sometime before Sunday.

"He's a limited practice participant, so similar work pattern that he did last week," said McCarthy.  "He threw the ball extremely well, looked sharp and he's getting better."

Better enough to play Sunday now that Green Bay controls its own destiny to make the playoffs?  Hard to say, but it appears the team will not be influenced by increased odds of winning the division and making the postseason.

Most players in the locker room said they watched Monday night's game where Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker drilled a 61-yard field goal to beat the Lions and take Detroit out of the driver's seat in the division.  Players say there's an increased sense of urgency now.

"Now we know 100% that we control our own destiny, last week we still needed a little help," said quarterback Matt Flynn.  "I bet it fires us up a little bit more, and hopefully inspires us to prepare a little bit harder."

What's again NOT 100% clear is who the quarterback will be when Green Bay welcomes the Steelers to Lambeau Field on Sunday.

"My mind set is, I'm starting," said Flynn.  "Obviously we all hope that Aaron plays, but my mindset is I'm starting, just so I can prepare myself."

Flynn's teammates are confident he can continue to carry the load at QB if Rodgers is out again, especially after helping to engineer that 23-point comeback against the Cowboys last week.

"Matt is a gamer, he's been doing this his whole career," said WR James Jones.  "He comes in the game, he's got ice in his veins.  That's the new 'Matty Ice' over there.  We have 100% confidence in Matt that he'll get the job done."

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