While the popular assumption seems to be that Rodgers will play despite what he called a sprained knee, considering his heroics last Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is stressing that it’s no sure thing.
“I think he’s going through the process. I’m sure he’s sore today,” McCarthy said. “This is no layup. That’s why it’s a day-to-day situation.”
No layup? Hearts in Wisconsin just skipped a beat.
Aaron Rodgers would have to play without much, if any, practice
Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday, and McCarthy said in his news conference Thursday that he wouldn’t practice again. Rodgers would be back with the rehab group.
Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest days in an NFL practice week, when a team plays on Sunday. That’s when most of the preparation happens. Rodgers said Wednesday he would be able to play against the Minnesota Vikings this week without taking practice reps.
“I agree with that, yes,” McCarthy said.
A tough matchup with or without Rodgers
The Packers are in a tough spot. The game against the Vikings is enormous in the NFC North race. The Vikings and Packers are co-favorites to win the division. Yet, it’s risky to have Rodgers play with a sprained knee against the Vikings, one of the best defenses in the league.
It seems like Rodgers will play, considering he played in the second half of Week 1 after being injured. It’s rare to see a player come back into a game one week, and play as well as Rodgers did against Chicago, and sit out the next.
However, as McCarthy said, it’s no layup.
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