‘Typical’ Rodgers Returns to Practice

Aaron Rodgers participated in the second half of Thursday's practice, taking about half of the snaps during the 11-on-11 portion of practice. He looked like "typical Aaron," cornerback Tramon Williams said. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took part in the second half of Thursday’s practice, his first on-the-field work since returning from the locker room to beat Detroit on Dec. 28.

“Aaron practiced in the team periods, looked good,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Took, shoot, probably 50, 60 percent of the snaps. I thought he looked good.”

Rodgers sustained a strained left calf during the Week 16 game at Tampa Bay, then hurt it again the second quarter the following week against Detroit. Rodgers did not take part in the two practices held during last week’s bye, and he spent Wednesday rehabbing the injury.

McCarthy said Rodgers’ mobility – a signature of the MVP candidate’s playing style – looked good. Not surprisingly, McCarthy wouldn’t touch a question on whether the injury would limit Rodgers for Sunday’s home playoff game against Dallas.

“We have a game plan,” McCarthy said. “He went down and did everything we asked him to do today. As far as what we do, how we do it, how much we do it, that’s what the game’s for.”

Cornerback Tramon Williams said Rodgers looked like, “Typical Aaron.”

“His mobility looked good,” Williams said. “Obviously, he don’t want to test it too much at practice today but he moved around in the pocket and he made the throws that he needs to make. That shows a lot.”

With his experience and chemistry with his receiving corps, Rodgers has said he’d be fine going into a game with a limited amount of work at practice. That was the case against Detroit, and he led the offense to a 30-point output against one of the NFL’s top defenses. However, with rookies Davante Adams and Richard Rodgers playing a large volume of snaps, Rodgers’ presence on the practice field was a big asset.

“You continue to build the timing,” McCarthy said. “Just as far as play selection and things you’re trying to work on, you try to hit those spots, and it’s important for those guys to continue to grow.”

The rest of the roster was on the practice field – an almost unheard of fact for this time of year. Tight end Brandon Bostick (illness) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd (knee), who missed Wednesday’s practice, were back.

For Dallas, Tony Romo was full participation after being held out of Wednesday's practice because of his back. Four starters -- right tackle Doug Free, linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Rolando McClain, and defensive end Jeremy Mincey -- did not practice again.

Green Bay Packers

Brandon BostickTEIllnessDNPFull
Josh BoydDTKneeDNPLimited
Davon HouseCBShoulderLimitedLimited
Sean RichardsonSKnee(Not listed)Limited
Aaron RodgersQBCalfDNPLimited
Josh SittonGToeLimitedLimited

Dallas Cowboys

Bruce CarterLBKneeFullFull
Doug FreeTAnkleDNPDNP
James HannaTEKneeFullFull
Nick HaydenDTShoulderFullFull
Jeff HeathSThumbFullFull
Anthony HitchensLBAnkleDNPDNP
Zack MartinGAnkleFullFull
Rolando McClainLBKnee/ConcussionDNPDNP
Terrell McClainDTAnkleDNPDNP
Jeremy MinceyDEConcussionDNPDNP
DeMarco MurrayRBHandFullFull
Tony RomoQBBackDNPFull

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