"Hopefully he feels good in the morning, and we'll give him 48 hours to get him ready to go," said McCarthy, who listed Rodgers as questionable for Sunday's game, meaning there's a 50 percent chance Rodgers will make his fifth consecutive start despite a sprained right (throwing) shoulder sustained in last week's loss at Tampa Bay.
Rodgers handled the first six snaps of the jog-through segment at the start of practice before rookie Matt Flynn took the next six snaps. Rodgers threw the ball four times – all dump-offs with no zip – and only went through the motion of throwing on a deep route.
Later, Rodgers watched Flynn handle a no-huddle drill before leaving practice and going inside the Don Hutson Center, where he did more throwing under the supervision of trainers.
Rodgers was coy on whether he had an inkling on his availability. Asked if he had to guess, Rodgers said, "I'm not going to guess."
"I'm preparing to go either way," McCarthy said, adding he might wait to make the decision until just before the inactives list is due an hour-and-a-half before Sunday's kickoff.
Rodgers said most of the strength has returned to his shoulder and said the pain is "potentially tolerable." He would not comment on whether he's at long-term risk if he plays and the shoulder takes a hit on Sunday.
As is the case with every injured player, how Rodgers feels the morning after putting the injury to the test is an important benchmark. So, McCarthy will know a lot more about Rodgers' availability on Saturday morning.
"The plan was to put him through the progression today, obviously rehab him (Saturday) and hopefully (Saturday) morning how he feels will be a pretty good indicator," McCarthy said, "and we'll probably work him out before Sunday's game to see exactly where we're at before we make a decision."
A strength of Rodgers' game is his ability to make plays outside the pocket. Rodgers was hurt on a scramble against the Buccaneers, and running could put him in harm's way against the Falcons. But, if he can play, Rodgers said he won't try to play it safe.
"If I test well on Sunday and I can go, it's because I can do everything," Rodgers said.
While Rodgers took just a handful of reps against the scout-team defense this week, he says he'll be prepared mentally and has watched more film than usual while rehabbing the injury.
"It's definitely a different situation not practicing all week, but I feel confident in the game plan, confident in my film study and preparation," Rodgers said. "It's just been a lot of mental stuff. I feel like I can execute the scheme, and it's all about how I feel on Sunday.