Aaron Rodgers did not practice Wednesday due what he’s calling a knee sprain.
While he admits to be “pretty sore” since Sunday, the Packers quarterback is hopeful to play Sunday in a key NFC North showdown against the Vikings.
“I want to play obviously,” Rodgers said. “You’re just taking it one day at a time. See how it feels tomorrow and see how it feels Friday, Saturday and then hopefully ready to go Sunday.”
Rodgers was asked if he felt it was critical that he practiced this week in order to be able to play Sunday.
“Nope,” Rodgers said succinctly.
So what does the two-time MVP need to be able to do physically to make it work against Minnesota?
“Move around a little bit in a circle,” Rodgers said. “The small circle that I was moving around in Sunday night. So if I can get back to that, and hopefully a little better than that without pain, then hopefully I’ll be able to go.”
It helps that Rodgers has had to deal with leg injuries and played through them in the past.
“You hate that you’re dealing with something like this week one, but you feel similar to this week 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 if you’re fortunate enough to stay healthy for a full season,” Rodgers said. “You’re going to get banged up at some point. Obviously I’ve dealt with foot injuries, calf injuries, hamstring, lower extremities and played with it so hopefully I’ll be able to be out there Sunday.”
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says his QB will be given every opportunity to lead the team Sunday.
“I think any time a player comes off a game where he’s injured obviously there’s the hope of playing,” McCarthy said. “Obviously he’ll be given the whole week to get ready and we’ll learn as we go.”