Packers practice: Rodgers takes limited reps
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers took to the practice field Thursday for the first time since defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. With rainy weather across the area, coach Mike McCarthy moved his team inside the Don Hutson Center.
"Today’s practice will be an abbreviated Thursday compared to prior Thursdays," McCarthy said in his news conference Thursday morning. "Frankly, we’ve taken two of the periods from today’s practice and moved it to Saturday’s work. So we’ll still get the same amount of work done on the field, but once again, we talked about this in here yesterday, just the demands that we’ve had the past two games, giving players an extra day or half a day to try to get some more treatment and some more work in the weight room so they can get their bodies back. We’ll practice today in shells with a later practice."
The coaches managed reps for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is still recovering from the hamstring injury suffered against the Eagles. Rodgers split reps with backup Brett Hundley during the portion of practice open to the media. He also spent time rehabbing with the trainers off to the side of the field.
Despite a reduced workload, Rodgers is still expected to play this weekend. The limited involvement is more cautionary than anything else.
Aside from quarterback, most of the attention centered on inside linebacker, where injuries have thinned the Packers' ranks. Clay Matthews (shoulder), Jake Ryan (ankle) and Blake Martinez (knee) were all limited participants. Matthews and Ryan appeared to take more reps than Martinez during the periods open to the media.
CB Demetri Goodson (knee), LB Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), C/G JC Tretter knee and G T.J. Lang (foot) did not practice.
"T.J.’s getting better, so we’ll see where he is yet," McCarthy said. "He’s in the rehab group to start off, but he may accelerate into some of the individual. We’ll see how it goes from here."
Lang was not present at the Don Hutson Center while reporters were inside. If Lang is unable to play, McCarthy and his staff will choose between rookie Jason Spriggs, who started in place of Lang on Monday, or veteran Don Barclay.
"We’ll work Jason Spriggs and Don Barclay there," McCarthy said. "So they’ll have a week of work to work there, and once we get past Saturday we’ll make decisions."