Packers fans and bookmaker software services are worried about the workload that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will be getting this week in practice so he can be in good shape for the NFC divisional playoff meeting with the Cowboys on Sunday.
However, the player is not concerned. On Wednesday, the QB is set to get an evaluation on his strained left calf, which is a short time before his team holds practice this week for the first time.
“It feels better,” the QB said on Tuesday. “We’ll see what happens this week as far as practice reps. Everybody’s so concerned about them. I’m not, and thankfully my teammates aren’t, either.”
The worry won’t necessarily have to do with the amount of work that this week Rodgers is going to get, but instead about his calf’s stability on Sunday by the time of kickoff. The player first suffered the injury against the Bucs in Week 16. The week after that, Rodgers was limited in practice, but injured his calf again in the last game of the regular season against the Lions. He ended up missing two series in that matchup.
But he mentioned not being worried about having problems again with his calf.
“That’s not a concern,” said the player. “If it happens, it happens. At that point, it’s out of my control. I’ve got to get myself in the best position to play and then realize whatever limitations I might have moving. Maybe I won’t have any. Maybe we’ll get to Sunday, and I’ll feel great. Or maybe I’ll be very limited. It just depends on how I’m feeling this week, and we’ll adjust accordingly.”
Last week, the QB was out of both practices held by the Packers so he could do rehab, which the player said also included acupuncture. Bookmaker software services learned that this week, a decision regarding practice will be made after a meeting with Dr. Pat McKenzie, the team doctor.
“I think Aaron was brought up the right way; he likes to practice,” said coach Mike McCarthy on Monday. “He enjoys the competition of practice. Brett [Favre] was the same way. As a coach, your quarterback has a responsibility to practice because to me the head coach and the quarterback control the tempo and the energy of practice. So when you have your star quarterback out there competing at a very high level every single day, competing at everything, it makes the whole practice environment better.
“With that, that’s what he’s used to. He doesn’t miss practice. I know he wants to practice, but we need to be smart. Dr. McKenzie and Aaron and the rest of the staff, we’ll talk it through and make an educated decision.”