Packers notes: Aaron Rodgers bracing for quirks of Vikings' stadium
GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers got a helpful tip about the sunlight inside AT&T Stadium from a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback before Sunday’s game, but he didn’t realize how troublesome the sun could be until about the third quarter.
Rodgers said Troy Aikman, color analyst on the FOX broadcast, mentioned the sunlight being a problem during a pregame conversation. When the second half started, the Green Bay Packers quarterback said he noticed sun rays seeping through the large windows at the end of the Cowboys’ stadium.
“It was a little baffling,” Rodgers said, “that that’s an issue with an indoor stadium. … I’m not sure why you would do that and not factor in the sunlight in that situation.”
Rodgers is curious to see whether the sun will be an issue Sunday when the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings inside U.S. Bank Stadium. It will be only the second time the Packers play inside the Vikings’ indoor facility, and the first when sun might be a factor. Last year’s game in Minnesota was at night.
It’s perhaps the Packers’ only unknown with U.S. Bank Stadium. Rodgers said last year’s game, a 17-14 loss, proved the Vikings still have a good home-field advantage in their new building.
“It’s a loud environment,” Rodgers said. “They’ve always had a great home-field advantage, back when they were in the Metrodome and they were pumping some sound in, to now. It’s a pretty stadium. I’m not sure how the sunlight and the glass is going to mesh, but it’s really loud.
“It was really loud Week 2 last year, and they’ve got some great fans there who know when to cheer.”
Injury updates: Jordy Nelson was listed on Wednesday’s injury report with a back injury, but it didn’t prevent the Packers receiver from being a full participant in practice.
Nelson left Sunday’s game in Dallas early after falling awkwardly at the end of a failed 2-point conversation attempt. He was not on the field for the Packers' game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, but Nelson said the injury isn’t severe enough to keep him out this week at Minnesota.
“It’s nothing serious,” Nelson said. “Everything is good. Practicing all week, and playing on Sunday.”
The Packers had their entire complement of offensive players on the practice field Wednesday. Starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) were limited in practice, but running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) also was a full participant.
“It felt different,” Rodgers said, “seeing some of those numbers moving around, and that’s a good thing for us. We weathered some of the early-season injuries and are still feeling good about 4-1. Now we need to continue it through the bye week and have a couple of strong performances.”
The Packers' defense is dealing with more injuries than the offense. Safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), cornerback Kevin King (concussion), outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back) and inside linebacker Joe Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Cornerback Davon House (quadriceps) was limited.
Tuesday workouts: The Packers brought in five players for workouts Tuesday, according to a source with access to the NFL transaction wire.
They were end Sean Daniels, guard Cameron Hunt, safeties Charlie Miller and Ahmad Thomas and wide receiver Tevaun Smith.