Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was moving around, throwing lasers and taking snaps with the No.1 offense in practice Wednesday just as he did before breaking his left collarbone on Nov. 4 against Chicago.

And he was doing it without pain.

Yet Rodgers might as well have been wearing a question mark on the back of his jersey instead of his customary No.12 given all the uncertainty surrounding his return to action. Until he gets clearance from team physician Patrick McKenzie, Rodgers will be traveling to Dallas this weekend as a spectator.

"Aaron still is not medically cleared, and I think it's important to stay in tune with that because the topic of 'Is he playing in the game?' vs. 'Is he medically cleared?' those are two totally different issues," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "So, Aaron's obviously very important to our organization. He's the face of our franchise.

"Until he's medically cleared, just like any other player going through a significant injury, that's really where the focus will be."

One way to interpret McCarthy's comments is that Rodgers may have resembled the guy who won a Super Bowl MVP award at Texas Stadium three years ago, but it doesn't mean he's ready to compete there again. As Rodgers stated Tuesday, until a CT scan shows that significant healing has taken place in the fracture area, the Packers aren't going to clear him.

The biggest concern is that if the bone isn't healed and he were driven into the turf the way he was against the Bears 5½ weeks ago, he could suffer a displaced fracture, which would sideline him for good this season and could require surgery to attach a plate to his collarbone.

"I'm very optimistic that he's going to get back to full strength, and when that time comes I'm sure we'll let everybody know about it," McCarthy said. "I clearly understand the importance of Aaron to the team, to the NFL, but we've got to make sure we do our due diligence and go through the process of getting him healthy."

A hurdle Rodgers seems to have cleared after a frustrating time last week is practicing without pain. When he tried to do anything more than throw from a stationary position last week, he experienced discomfort, which forced him to suspend his workouts.

In individual drills Wednesday that were conducted during the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch, Rodgers was far more mobile and in one drill ran around and through blocking dummies and threw across his body while rolling to the left. The throws had a lot of steam on them.

Asked about Rodgers' pain level, McCarthy said, "I don't think he was in pain today from what I saw. That's a question for him."

Rodgers rescheduled his weekly session with reporters for Thursday, so he was not available for comment. McCarthy indicated Monday that Rodgers would be re-examined after practicing on Wednesday, so it's possible the news conference was pushed back a day so that results of the latest scan were known.

Though McCarthy did not specify what Rodgers did in practice, tight end Andrew Quarless spilled the beans when asked whether he had seen anything to make him think Rodgers would be ready this week.