Rodgers Doesn’t Practice But Should Play

While the team practiced in the Don Hutson Center, quarterback Aaron Rodgers rehabbed in the training room. Coach Mike McCarthy was not sure if Rodgers would practice on Thursday. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not practice on Wednesday as the team started its on-the-field work for Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game against Dallas.

“I plan on Aaron playing Sunday,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Today’s schedule was for him to stay exclusively in the training room. There’s still some things that he needs to work through. We’ll see what tomorrow brings, if he’ll be able to practice. It’s day to day, but everything points in the direction of him playing.”

Said Rodgers at his locker about a half-hour later: “That kind of sums everything up.”

Rodgers injured his left calf at Tampa Bay in Week 16 and hurt it again the following week against Detroit. A victory over the Lions gave Rodgers a much-needed bye week. He said he’s supplemented his work with the training staff with acupuncture to get himself as ready as possible for Sunday, and he thinks the cold weather for the game might actually help the injury.

Thus far, his preparation has been limited to mental reps. Rodgers wasn’t sure if he’d practice on Thursday. If he doesn’t practice on Thursday, which is the team’s most extensive work day of the week, then he’d potentially go into the playoffs with only a light Saturday practice – or no practice at all.

“It just kind of depends on how it feels,” he said. “I met with Doc, I’ve seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It’s progressing, but we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Defensive tackle Josh Boyd (knee) and tight end Brandon Bostick (illness) also did not practice. The guards continue to get better following injuries in Week 8 at New Orleans. T.J. Lang isn’t even listed on the injury report after battling an ankle injury for two months while Josh Sitton was limited with his toe.

Cornerback Davon House, who missed the final three games with a broken scapula sustained against Atlanta, has been cleared and returned to practice in a limited capacity. He hopes he’ll be allowed to play against Dallas.

“It’s a really good feeling,” he said.

For Dallas, which had to beat Detroit on Sunday, quarterback Tony Romo (back), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion), linebackers Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and Rolando McClain (knee and concussion) and right tackle Doug Free were starters who did not practice.

Green Bay Packers

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Brandon BostickTEIllnessDNP
Josh BoydDTKneeDNP
Davon HouseCBShoulderLimited
Aaron RodgersQBCalfDNP
Josh SittonGToeLimited

Dallas Cowboys

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Bruce CarterLBKneeFull
Doug FreeTAnkleDNP
James HannaTEKneeFull
Nick HaydenDTShoulderFull
Jeff HeathSThumbFull
Anthony HitchensLBAnkleDNP
Zack MartinGAnkleFull
Rolando McClainLBKnee/ConcussionDNP
Terrell McClainDTAnkleDNP
Jeremy MinceyDEConcussionDNP
DeMarco MurrayRBHandFull
Tony RomoQBBackDNP

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