GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers was listed as questionable because of his strained right calf on the Green Bay Packers injury report, which puts him on track to play Sunday at the Chicago Bears.
Coach Mike McCarthy said there have been some benefits to resting Rodgers this week. With more time in the training room and off the practice field, Rodgers was able to start his mental preparation earlier than usual.
“It’s been normal,” McCarthy said, “except for practice. So we still have the same structure in meetings. It’s been more pre-planning for the game earlier than normal, just because of the fact that he’s not on the practice field. In the treatment, he’s able to watch more tape and more conversation going on there Thursday and Friday that you would normally have Friday and Saturday, as far as how you feel the game is going to go.”
Running back James Starks (concussion) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand) were listed as doubtful on the Packers injury report. Starks had a car crash Monday, but McCarthy said his running back is feeling all right other than the concussion.
Rodgers was one of eight Packers listed as questionable, joined by receiver Randall Cobb (ankle), running back Christine Michael (illness), fullback Aaron Ripkowski (back), cornerback Damarious Randall (groin), guard/center JC Tretter (knee), outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell (hamstring) and inside linebacker Blake Martinez (knee).
Martinez could have a chance to play Sunday for the first time since spraining the MCL in his knee at Washington last month. He has missed the past three games.
“He feels good,” McCarthy said. “Everything’s been real positive from his outlook. So he’ll practice tomorrow, and hopefully he comes through here clean, and hopefully he’ll be available.”
Another thing to watch Sunday: Ty Montgomery is the only running back on the Packers roster who is not on the injury report. He could play a big role against the Bears.