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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was absent for at least the first six periods of practice Thursday, but he could return for team drills in the latter portions.

Rodgers, who is nursing a left calf strain, missed the early periods of Wednesday's practice before returning. He was listed as limited Wednesday, a possibility for today as well. In Rodgers' absence, backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien were left to direct the start of practice.

Other than Rodgers, the Packers' 53-man roster remained remarkably healthy. The other 52 active players participated in Thursday's practice. That includes left guard Josh Sitton (toe) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd (ankle).

Packers coach Mike McCarthy will chat with the media following Thursday's practice. Check back here at PackersNews.com for full coverage.

— rwood@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood