The Green Bay Packers will definitely have quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the field Sunday for the NFC Championship game, but rumors indicate that the All Pro might be far from 100 percent.
Rodgers missed the team’s practice on Wednesday, instead meeting with team physician Pat McKenzie to set a plan for the week. Rumors indicate that Aaron Rodgers could replicate last week’s practice plan, with the quarterback participating in Thursday’s practice but skipping other sessions.
“It will be a similar schedule this week as far as practice time,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show.
“But I’ll be definitely playing.”
Rodgers said his strained left calf felt “a little bit worse” after Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, but that it was much better on Monday. Rodgers injured the calf in the regular season finale.
Despite the setback after Sunday’s game, Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicated that Rodgers was on the upswing.
“Aaron made it through the game very well… Saw him today. He’s getting better. I think he feels better at this time this week than he did last week.”
Though Rodgers said the injury is impacting his play on the field a bit — especially his ability to move around in the pocket and extend plays — it was hardly a problem in last weekend’s win. He hit on 24 of 35 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Aaron Roders has also been positive about the injury, saying after the win that he’s got just enough left in him to take his team through the Super Bowl.
“I think I’ve got 120 minutes left in me… So I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I can play all those minutes.”
But it’s unclear just how healthy the calf will be for Sunday’s NFC Championship. The team is expected to give a more in-depth update later in the week.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers might get a bit of help from mother nature. After beating the Cowboys in frigid conditions last week, the forecast for game day in Seattle calls for a high of 51 degrees and a chance of light rain.