Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers misses practice to rehab his thumb, but it shouldn’t keep him out vs. the New York Jets
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers were without Aaron Rodgers at practice Wednesday, as the quarterback rehabbed a thumb injury he suffered during the loss Sunday to the New York Giants.
Rodgers was officially listed as a non-participant on the injury report and said he spent the time rehabbing with Packers assistant athletic trainer Nate Weir. Neither coach Matt LaFleur nor Rodgers were overly concerned with how the thumb might affect Rodgers’ availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
“Thumb's alright. It was nice to get a day off today, do some rehab,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “I’ll try to get back out there tomorrow at practice and see how it feels. Be fine by Sunday, I’m sure.”
It echoed what LaFleur said before the Packers' first practice of the week.
“I don’t think we have much concern as far as game day,” LaFleur said.
The thumb can be an interesting digit to rehab, given the seemingly limited tactics available. But Rodgers shared that Packers doctors have found ways to provide relief.
“There's, you know, a lot of different modalities they got in there,” Rodgers said. "From stem and laser. All these other contraptions they got. The whole gamut today with Nate (Weir) in there. But it was a good hour-and-a-half session. Feeling better."
Rodgers had passes batted down in two of the final three offensive plays against the Giants. It’s unclear when exactly the thumb injury occurred, but the back-to-back MVP seemed unsurprised by the possibility of an injury of the sort at this point in his career.
“There's always those things that can happen,” Rodgers said, "you know, guy goes up to bat a pass down, you might catch a finger here and there. But I banged up most of my fingers on both hands. So kind of used to it.
“Since Monday, just been working on my grip. And seeing how that was progressing. But like I said, it’s gotten better every day and I’m gonna try and get back out there (Thursday).”
Christian Watson, Tipa Galeai also didn't practice
Rookie wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) and linebacker Tipa Galeai (hamstring) were non-participants Wednesday. For Watson, it’s the second hamstring issue he has had since the beginning of the season. Despite the repeat injury, LaFleur isn’t too worried about a hampering issue, given the nature this latest one was sustained.
“It's unfortunate because it's out of his control, unfortunately,” LaFleur said. "He got tugged on a route and that's why it's such a big deal. Like, you know, when these guys get tugged, that kind of stuff happens. And it's unfortunate, but it is what it is and I know he’ll work hard to get back as soon as possible."
Left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (knee) and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (quadricep) were all limited participants Wednesday.
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The Jets were without defensive end Jermaine Johnson (ankle) in practice. Tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), defensive end Carl Lawson (ankle), linebacker CJ Mosley (hip) and linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle) were all limited participants.