"My feet are feeling better," Rodgers said on Wednesday after he watched practice with a sprained right foot and a sprained big toe on his left foot. "They're feeling better than Sunday. I'm confident I'll be playing Sunday. I've definitely played with worse."
That Rodgers will be playing hurt against the Buccaneers brings back memories of when he suffered an injured throwing shoulder at Tampa Bay in Week 4 of last season. Rodgers exited that game for a series and returned, but the Packers lost 28-20. Rodgers didn't practice the following week but started and played well in a loss to Atlanta.
The hope is Rodgers will practice on Friday.
"Well, it's not the best thing," Rodgers said of missing practice time. "You'd like to be out there continuing to work on your timing. I think the only thing last year proved was, I can do it and still play well. I had a pretty good game against Atlanta, and followed it up with a little better game against Seattle. So, those are two of my better games of the season last year, and I was playing in pretty good pain. So I just, as tough as it is not to practice, you kind of miss out on some timing stuff and working on some individual plays you might put in that week. And just kind of gave me confidence that I could still compete and play at a high level despite not practicing. But that's not what you want to do."
Rodgers threw for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the loss to Atlanta and 208 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a win at Seattle before getting the bye week to heal.
Rodgers' strong play in those games makes coach Mike McCarthy's decision a little easier.
"I think he has definitely shown that he can play on limited practice, just for the three or four weeks coming off of the shoulder injury last year," McCarthy said. "He hardly threw the ball until Friday or a little on Sunday. So, we do have some experience there, but frankly we are just following the medical staff's recommendation."
If something were to happen to Rodgers, McCarthy voiced confidence in second-year quarterback Matt Flynn and intimated that the team isn't shopping for a veteran. Flynn was thrown into the fire when Rodgers went down at Tampa Bay, connecting on 2-of-5 passes for 6 yards. McCarthy said the game has slowed down for Flynn in the 13-plus months since then.
"I feel like I'm in a better spot. I think I'm more comfortable and a more-rounded quarterback," Flynn said.
The Packers' confidence that Rodgers will be good to go means there likely will be no adjustments to the roster. The Packers have only two quarterbacks on the roster. Brian Brohm, last year's No. 3 quarterback, is on the practice squad. Barring a setback for Rodgers, Brohm will not be promoted this week.
"I think Brian is really improving," McCarthy said. "We have repped him as far as opponent reps and even some of the offensive reps every single week. His reps are very similar to the number of reps he had last year, so he's having the opportunity to improve."
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