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Packers' Rodgers close but not set

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn't mean the quarterback is going to play Sunday.

There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time to play against the Steelers, but coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter today.

Rodgers made several references to his status being an "organizational decision."

"Didn't take a lot of reps with the teams but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good," said Rodgers, who hasn't played since he was knocked out of the first series of a Nov. 4 loss to the Bears. "It's obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point."

During a brief portion of practice open to media, Rodgers looked sharp in position drills and watched backup Matt Flynn lead the offense during another short practice period.

Still, McCarthy liked what he saw of Rodgers: "Looked very good at practice. I would state him ready to play."

Smith interviews for Texans coaching job

Former Bears coach and ex-Bucs assistant Lovie Smith was interviewed by the Texans for their head coaching position, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Smith, who has spent this season out of coaching, is from Texas. He was 81-63 with the Bears in nine years.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt are also possible candidates to replace Gary Kubiak, and interim coach Wade Phillips will get an interview as well, the report said.

Seahawk says he will sue: Still claiming his innocence, Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner said he will continue to fight his indefinite suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy even if he has to sue the league. Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, told profootballtalk.com that if other attempts at overturning the suspension are unsuccessful "we will sue the living daylights out of the league." ESPN reported Browner's appeal was denied.

Broncos: Receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is improving in his recovery, but he is still expected to miss the game against the Texans, ESPN reported.

Cardinals: Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) practiced but must pass one more test with a neurologist before he can play against Seattle. Quarterback Carson Palmer (high ankle sprain) also expects to play.

49ers: Jim Harbaugh, whose name popped up in speculation surrounding the University of Texas job, said he "absolutely" wants to coach San Francisco for years to come, but he doesn't want to discuss a contract extension in a public forum. The third-year NFL coach signed a $25 million, five-year contract when he left Stanford in January 2011.

Giants: Receiver Victor Cruz had season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Redskins: Former Florida tight end Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the season because of lingering effects from a concussion.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson remains on track to return despite being held out of practice for further treatment on his sprained right foot.

Packers' Rodgers close but not set 12/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:00pm]
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