NFC Championship: Friday Injury Report

Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Josh Sitton and Josh Boyd are all listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Seattle. "Hopefully," Rodgers said about his calf, "if feels pretty good on Sunday." (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY)

Aaron Rodgers will be the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Seattle.

Just how effective will be as he deals with a strained left calf is the critical question. Will he be a relative statue in the pocket, like he was during an ineffective first half against the Cowboys? Or has it progressed enough in the past week to allow him to move around in the pocket to some extent against the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense?

“We’ll see how it feels Sunday,” Rodgers, wearing a Butte College sweatshirt and Pleasant Valley (Calif) High School hat, said on Friday. “It’s been something that I’ve dealt with for the past couple weeks. It’s painful. There’s stiffness involved. There’s constant, around-the-clock treatment. Hopefully it feels pretty good on Sunday.”

Rodgers and Eddie Lacy were listed as probable on the final injury report.

"Aaron is getting ready to play. Looks good," coach Mike McCarthy said about four-and-a-half hours before the team hops on a plane for its 4 p.m. departure for Seattle. "We have some meetings going on, we still have some work in the CRIC we have to do. But everything is on schedule."

Rodgers, who has been dealing with an injured left calf since the Dec. 21 game at Tampa Bay, and Lacy, who dropped out of Thursday’s practice with a sore knee, would have been limited participation had the team practiced on Friday. McCarthy didn’t say whether they’d do anything during Saturday’s practice in Seattle.

This will be Rodgers' fourth game dealing with the injury, which should help him in figuring out what he can and can't do against the Seahawks. That learning process was evident in the divisional game against Dallas. In the first half, Rodgers was mostly stationary in the pocket because the muscle never loosened up. In the second half, Rodgers was able to move around a bit en route to completing his final 10 passes, including two for touchdowns.

"I would think so," McCarthy said of Rodgers’ experience with the injury being a factor. "The specifics of that will be determined with the surface and things like that. It will be important to get on the field in the pre-game and get comfortable."

The Seahawks are expecting to see Rodgers at his best. All-Pro safety Earl Thomas went so far as to say, “I’m not buying into this leg issue” when talking to reporters on Thursday.

“I saw him scramble close to the goal line on the Cowboys, so he's not fooling me with that,” Thomas said.

Passed along the comment, Rodgers smiled but wouldn’t take the bait.

“I think between them and (ESPN’s) Adam Schefter, I don’t really know if I need to say anything about my calf,” Rodgers said. “There’s all the updates you need.”

The only player on the Seattle injury report who is not probable is starting right tackle Justin Britt. He is questionable after being a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday but limited on Friday.

Green Bay Packers

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Josh BoydDTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable
Eddie LacyRBKneeNot listedLimitedLimitedProbable
Aaron RodgersQBCalfLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable
Josh SittonGToeLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable

Seattle Seahawks

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Michael BennettDENot injury relatedDNPFullFull Probable
Justin BrittTKneeDNPFullLimitedQuestionable
Jeron JohnsonSElbowFullFullFullQuestionable
Marshawn LynchRBNot injury relatedDNPFullFull Probable
Tony McDanielDTShoulderDNPFullFull Probable
Tony MoeakiTECalfFullFullFull Probable
Tharold SimonCBIllnessNot listedNot listedDNPProbable
Max UngerCAnkleFullFullFull Probable

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