Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Rodgers hasn’t been cleared to play Sunday…
Aaron Rodgers has not been medically-cleared to play in Sunday's Green Bay Packers home game against Pittsburgh.
Rodgers was limited Wednesday when the Packers started practicing the game plan for the 6-8 Steelers. Coach Mike McCarthy did say that Rodgers looked sharp, threw the ball well, and generally did better.
McCarthy refused to go into specifics about whether Rodgers would get a medical scan of his broken collarbone. Rodgers said on his Milwaukee radio show Tuesday that he was not scheduled to have one this week, but he said other factors need to be considered.
Rodgers the Packers need to weigh the risk of a re-injury against the possible team benefits of making the playoffs if they win their final two regular season games.
Rodgers hopes that the Packers' improved playoff chances will make it more likely that he'll play on Sunday. On his ESPN-Milwaukee radio show Tuesday, he said there has to be a "risk-reward conversation" at some level.
The Packers will make the playoffs and take the NFC North Division if they can win their final two regular season games against the Steelers and the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers said he did not throw very much since learning last Friday that he would not play in the Packers' come-from-behind win at Dallas last weekend. Since then, he said the collarbone has had more time to heal.
Rodgers said he thought he could play last week, but he respected team doctor Patrick McKenzie's decision to make him rest. When he does return, Rodgers said rust should not be a problem.
Meanwhile, receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice Wednesday and looked good during his limited work. Cobb has been out since mid-October with a leg injury.
Running back Eddie Lacy sat out practice with a lingering ankle injury. McCarthy said it was precautionary and he expects Lacy to play on Sunday.
Crosby having a good season
After having his worst season a year ago, Mason Crosby is having one of his best. The Green Bay Packers kicker has made a career-high 88 percent of his 34 field goal attempts.
He's on pace to score at least 140 points for the third time in his seven-year career.
Crosby would join David Akers of Detroit and Stephen Gostkowski of New England as the only kickers in NFL history to have at least three 140-point seasons. Crosby has 125 points with two regular season games remaining, including Sunday's home contest against Pittsburgh.
Crosby was on the hot seat this summer after making just 64 percent of his field goal attempts a year ago. He still managed to score 100 points last season. If he does it next year, Crosby would tie Ryan Longwell as the only Green Bay kickers with eight straight 100-point campaigns.
While the rest of us were focusing on the Packers' comeback at Dallas last weekend, Crosby quietly booted three field goals in that game, including a 57-yarder. He has made 5 of 7 from 50 yards or more this season.
River Falls native 56th in golf qualifying tournament
In golf, River Falls native Neil Johnson tied for 56th place in the final stage of the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament.
Johnson shot a 10-under 422 over six rounds in a tournament that ended Tuesday in La Quinta, Calif.
The 31-year-old Johnson earned a conditional status for next year's Web.com Tour, which is the second tier circuit under the PGA Tour.
The PGA used to have a similar qualifying school, but it no longer does.
Germantown sets state record with 63 straight wins
Germantown High School set a state record Tuesday night with its 63rd consecutive boys' basketball victory. The Warhawks defeated Milwaukee Lutheran 90-63 at home on the strength of a 32-10 third quarter.
Evan Wesenberg and Jake Showalter each scored 17 points for Germantown, which is ranked 10th in the nation by CBS Max Preps and 27th by USA Today.
Germantown is 7-0 this season, after going 28-0 in each of the last two years. The Warhawks won a pair of state Division 1 championships along the way.
Germantown broke the previous record of 62 straight wins by Whitefish Bay Dominican from 1977 through 1980.