Mike McCarthy: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' rehab from knee injury 'no layup'

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies crumpled n the field after being hit by Chicago Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris during the second quarter of their game Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't practice Thursday for a second straight day, instead continuing to work on rehabbing his sprained left knee.

Coach Mike McCarthy had said that Rodgers would be with the “rehab group,” which is a term he uses to describe injured players who work with the training staff while the rest of the team practices.

“We’re going to try to do more today than yesterday, but we’ll see how that goes,” McCarthy said.

When asked how Rodgers felt after spending all day Wednesday rehabbing the knee, McCarthy said: “I think he’s going through the process. Obviously, whatever the protocol is, I’m sure he’s sore today. This is no layup. That’s why it’s a day-to-day situation.”

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DeShone Kizer was to take most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense during the team’s lone practice in pads this week, but McCarthy said third-string quarterback Tim Boyle would continue to get snaps in preparation for the Sunday meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers don’t have to designate a status for Rodgers until Friday and even then they can change it after their Saturday practice. Both McCarthy and Rodgers have not ruled out Rodgers playing without taking any practice snaps this week.

Two hurdles must be cleared before Rodgers can play. First, he must be able to function without severe pain, and second, he must be able to move around in the pocket to protect himself.

The Packers do not practice Friday, so Rodgers has two more days to work on his knee before the final preparation for Minnesota. It’s possible the decision on whether he plays won’t be made until he tests the knee Sunday morning.

McCarthy said receiver Davante Adams (shoulder) was elevated from rehab group to “limited,” and Adams was back in pads and took part in some individual drills. McCarthy said inside linebacker Oren Burks (shoulder), who was back in pads, also would be limited.


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