Notebook: Rodgers airs it out

The injured quarterback goes through an extensive practice; receiver James Jones and cornerback Al Harris likely are out; and more from Thursday.

Aaron Rodgers went through his most extensive practice since spraining his right shoulder during the Sept. 28 game at Tampa Bay.

A day after doing some light throwing during the jog-through session at the start of practice, Rodgers on Thursday threw during 11-on-11 team drills. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers took about half of the reps during those drills.

"I just told him," McCarthy said, "if you get to a point where it's starting to fatigue on you, if it even twitches on you to a point, let's just ... because the goal in the conversation with the medical staff and Aaron was that on Friday morning, he doesn't wake up and feel like it's Monday morning. That's what we did not want to happen, and I think we're safe from that."

McCarthy said Rodgers threw with no limitations, since running plays at full speed and then lobbing the ball would defeat the purpose of having him out there.

"He threw the ball with velocity and anticipation, no different than he did on Sunday," McCarthy said.

The areas McCarthy wanted Rodgers to hit were situational throws, such as in the red zone and third down. As McCarthy said on Wednesday, Rodgers will not throw again until before Sunday's game.

"It was good to have him out there throwing to get the timing down of some of the new wrinkles you put in on a weekly basis," McCarthy said.

Jones likely out again

Receiver James Jones, who has been in and out of the lineup since spraining a ligament in his right knee in the second preseason game at San Francisco, likely will miss Sunday's game against Indianapolis, McCarthy said.

"It's the sprain, the ligament he sprained, when he jams the kneecap," McCarthy said. "It's unfortunate, and you can chalk it up to bad luck, however you want to describe it, but he's reinjured the same knee the same way almost every time. Just have to shut him down until we can get all the swelling and everything out of there."

Jones, who finished third among NFL rookies last year with 47 catches, has just five receptions in three games.

Harris likely out

According to McCarthy, cornerback Al Harris would have liked to have played last week. McCarthy, however, all but slammed the door shut on Harris playing this week against the Colts. With the bye next week, Harris would have an additional two weeks for his lacerated spleen to heal.

Harris was a limited participant at practice again, wearing a weight vest during individual drills to help get him back in shape.

"Really," McCarthy said, "the plan for Al this week is conditioning and then hopefully we'll do more football-involved aspects next week and going into the Tennessee week."

The problem is, while Harris feels good, that doesn't mean he's healed, and McCarthy said little can be done to protect an internal injury.

"That's why the caution that goes into a spleen injury is necessary," McCarthy said. "It's very frustrating for the athlete. Particularly in talking to Al, it's something that you can't feel. He feels like he is fine and there is a little bit of the understanding of you just have to trust it's an internal injury. It's not like a knee joint or a shoulder joint, where you know it's time to come back."

More injury updates

The Packers added center Scott Wells to the injury report with what McCarthy labeled a muscle strain high in his shoulder and chest. Wells sustained the injury at practice on Wednesday, but McCarthy didn't think it was serious and was "pretty confident" Wells would be available for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, safety Aaron Rouse (concussion) was removed from the injury report. Rouse had been starting in place of Atari Bigby, who has been out since injuring a hamstring in the first half of the Week 2 game at Detroit but practiced on Thursday.

"I thought he looked good," McCarthy said of Bigby. "It's good to have him back out there. He was able to get some work, and we'll see how he responds to it. It's been a while. I know he was anxious to get out. It was great that he finally passed his test (Wednesday). I know he's been frustrated with the injury. It was a big hurdle for him, and hopefully we can get him ready for Sunday."

McCarthy said it would take the "whole body of work" at practice this week to determine whether defensive tackle Justin Harrell, who returned to practice on Wednesday after two rounds of back surgery, will play on Sunday.

Packers injury report

Did not participate — Defensive end Jason Hunter (hamstring); defensive end Mike Montgomery (ankle); defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (tricep); cornerback Charles Woodson (toe).

Limited participation — Safety Atari Bigby (hamstring); tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring); cornerback Al Harris (spleen); receiver James Jones (knee); cornerback Patrick Lee (back); quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder); center Scott Wells (shoulder/chest).

Full participation — Linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin).

Colts injury report

Did not participate — Running back Joseph Addai (hamstring); linebacker Gary Brackett (not injury related); receiver Roy Hall (knee); defensive back Kelvin Hayden (knee); defensive back Tim Jennings (not injury related); tight end Gijon Robinson (ankle); defensive back Bob Sanders (knee).

Full participation — defensive end Dwight Freeney (not injury related); linebacker Freddy Keiaho (groin); defensive end Robert Mathis (not injury related).

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