As for Rodgers' return, McCarthy reiterated that the decision is in the hands of his medical staff.
"We all know he wants to play, wants to play as soon as he can," McCarthy said. "But those are big decisions."
Tolzien isn't playing it safe, a fact that has not escaped McCarthy's attention. In his second career start, Tolzien connected on all five passes of 25-plus yards through the air. McCarthy emphasized that he's never seen a quarterback hit every big shot he took down the field.
The Packers can't be happy with their win-loss record since Rodgers went down, but the injury has provided McCarthy with a long-term insurance policy at the position. He can rest assured that he has one of the league's finer young backups if Tolzien can pull his team out of its skid against the NFL's most generous scoring defense in Week 12.