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Baby it's cold outside

by Mark Daniels

A hot little item slipped out of the mouth of tight end Andrew Quarless on a very cold day in Titletown.  After practice, which had Aaron Rodgers working on a "limited" basis, Quarless said it was great to see Aaron out there again, taking snaps with the first team offense.  Whoops! Haven't heard that before.  Mike McCarthy was still delivering double speak in his post-practice press conference, saying getting medically cleared and being ready to play are two separate things.   He said Rodgers did limited rehab work and a plan for him the rest of the week will be set on Thursday after they learn how he's feeling.  Rodgers admitted on his ESPNMilwaukee Radio show Tuesday that he experienced pain after working last week and knew he wasn't ready to return to game action.   Taking even a single snap with the ones is only intensifying the speculation that come hell or high water, he's going to try and play before it's too late (ie: playoff elimination).  That could come against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.  Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is sympathetic to Aaron's plight for in 2010, he suffered a similar, even more serious injury.  His left collarbone was displaced and he missed the final 10 weeks of a season that was going nowhere in Dallas.  Romo said during his conference call with local reporters this afternoon it was hard to determine when the shoulder felt right and the probability of re-injuring the collarbone was too high to risk a return.

Meantime, Matt Flynn talked of preparing like he'd be the starter for the third consecutive game. 

A potentially troubling injury could be the sprained ankle suffered by Eddie Lacy just before halftime against the Falcons.  After getting re-taped and "spatted", Lacy returned in the second half but without the explosion into the hole.   He did not participate today and in the locker room afterward, he was seen not with a spat on his shoe, but a walking boot on his right foot.  McCarthy said they hope Lacy will be able to practice on Friday before a decision is made.  James Starks is waiting for his expanded chance and Khalil Bell said he's burning the midnight oil learning the playbook after joining the team last week.

The others who did not practice were Mike Neal with his abdomen injury, Jamari Lattimore (knee), Brad Jones (ankle) and C.J. Wilson (ankle).  Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) and Nick Perry (foot) were limited.

The season is over for wide receiver Myles White.  The former practice squad player was pressed into duty when injuries felled Randall Cobb and for a while, James Jones.   He was so excited to see active duty.  On his sixth and final catch of the year against the Falcons, he tore his meniscus and was placed on injured reserve.  He won't need surgery but wouldn't return in time before the season would end.  To take his roster spot, 4th round draft pick J.C. Tretter was moved off the physically unable to perform list.   Tretter broke his foot almost as soon as he stepped on the practice field when camp opened.   The offensive lineman will back up nearly every position.

The team thankfully worked inside the Don Hutson center at practice as temperatures never climbed out of the single digits and wind chills were sub-zero.  After a long day in and around the stadium, I exited the media entrance door and the music coming from speakers above the Shopko Gate entrance doors was unmistakable, "Baby it's cold outside."