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Aaron Rodgers 'definitely a step ahead' of last week

Head Coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media Thursday morning


GREEN BAY – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to make progress with his knee injury, working in a limited capacity after the portion of practice open to the media concluded Wednesday.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful Rodgers will be a full participant during Thursday's padded work.

"It's definitely a step ahead of where he was last week," said McCarthy during his Thursday morning news conference. "He did the unit drill in the pre-practice stuff. Hopefully, he'll be able to go full today."

Linebacker Nick Perry (ankle) and safety Jermaine Whitehead (back) sat out Wednesday, but are expected to be "limited" Thursday, according to McCarthy.

The Packers hope to be at full strength entering Sunday night's showdown with the New England Patriots, who have now won five straight games with their 25-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills Monday night.

"Everybody is looking forward to playing New England," McCarthy said. "They've clearly set the bar high in this league. They've been the standard. The reality is ... this is one game against one team. … We have to stay dialed into the specifics."