Injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers might not practice until Saturday as the Green Bay Packers get ready for Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.
“He’ll be with the rehab group, so he won’t practice today and I’ll probably do the same thing tomorrow,” coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday afternoon’s practice. “We have a plan. Game plan-wise, his comments were just, ‘Don’t hold anything back.’ So we’re approaching this game no different than we did last week.”
The approach entering the game is what’s different. While battling an injured left hamstring last week, Rodgers was limited participation during the Wednesday and Thursday practices leading up to Sunday’s home game against Seattle. Now that he has an injured right calf, McCarthy is being cautious in order to maximize Rodgers’ mobility for Sunday at Chicago – where the predicted high temperature is minus-1.
"I’m feeling better," Rodgers said. "I appreciate the time to rehab. With an injury like this, it’s really about maximizing rehab time. So I got to get a couple extra hours there with the training staff. It was good."
The Packers have experience managing a Rodgers calf injury. He battled an injured left calf during the stretch run of the 2014 season all the way through the NFC Championship Game. However, he wasn’t dealing with an injured hamstring at the same time. But Rodgers shredded the Seahawks’ defense on Sunday – winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process – leading to optimism he’ll be fine, relatively speaking, for Sunday.
If Rodgers indeed sits out Thursday’s practice, he will miss the cold-weather training that could be key at Chicago. McCarthy kept the team in the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday, when it was 12 at the start of an abbreviated practice, but will go out for part of practice on Thursday, when the predicted high is 9.
“We’re going to stay indoors today just because of the format that we’re on,” McCarthy said. “Our schedule is really driven by two things. (First), the demand of our schedule, just where we’re at in the season with the bye week and the Thursday night game coming so early in the year, we’ve been nonstop, and (second) our medical report. So we’ll stay inside today because we just have the one team period that we’ll be going wide open. We have a lot of teaching.
“But tomorrow we’ll go outside. Just the way we’re structured with our facility, we can only really do the team periods outside. We’ll do everything else inside, fundamentals and so forth, because we need all the space that we have there in the Hutson Center. We’ll get outside and do the team periods, handle the football as much as we can, do the field goal/field goal protection outside, kick field goals and so forth because we have, what is it, 40 yards, 50 yards or whatever we have out there with the heated surface. That’s just the way we always do it.”
McCarthy was asked about outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry and tight end Jared Cook. Matthews (shoulder) “is going to be better this week than he was last week.” He was full participation. Cook was full participation, too, after dropping out of the Seattle game. “I think we’re going to have (Cook)” for Sunday, McCarthy said. Perry (hand) might practice on Saturday to see if he could play on Sunday.
Rodgers, Perry and running back James Starks were the only players to not practice for health reasons. Linebacker Julius Peppers sat out to rest.
|Randall Cobb, WR||Ankle||Limited|
|Jared Cook, TE||Chest||Full|
|Kyler Fackrell, LB||Hamstring||Limited|
|T.J. Lang, G||Foot||Limited|
|Blake Martinez, LB||Knee||Limited|
|Clay Matthews, LB||Shoulder||Full|
|Ty Montgomery, RB||Shoulder||Full|
|Julius Peppers, LB||Not Injury Related||DNP|
|Nick Perry, LB||Hand||DNP|
|Damarious Randall, CB||Groin||Limited|
|Aaron Ripkowski, FB||Back||Full|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB||Calf||DNP|
|James Starks, RB||Concussion||DNP|
|JC Tretter, C/G||Knee||Limited|
|Johnthan Banks, DB||Ankle||Limited|
|Bryce Callahan, DB||Knee||Limited|
|Eddie Goldman, DT||Ankle||DNP|
|Sherrick McManis, DB||Illness||DNP|
|Tracy Porter, DB||Knee||DNP|
|Eddie Royal, WR||Toe||DNP|
|Marquess Wilson, WR||Groin||Limited|
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