Medical staff 'very confident' in Rodgers' health

Ryan Wood
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A day after Aaron Rodgers said he wasn't worried about a hamstring strain forcing him to sit out his next game, coach Mike McCarthy backed up the confidence in his quarterback's health.

Rodgers strained his hamstring in the third quarter of Green Bay's 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. McCarthy said he didn't speak with Rodgers on Monday, but the medical staff feels "very confident" with Rodgers' status.

"So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it," McCarthy said.

Rodgers stayed in the game, playing until the Saints pulled away at the end, and the hamstring didn't seem to affect him.

While he finished with two interceptions, Rodgers also had a season-high 418 passing yards. Most telling, Rodgers had a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his first rushing touchdown in 22 games dating to late in the 2012 season.

Offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Rodgers' tight hamstring didn't change the way he played.

"Not much," he said. "Just stayed away from designed quarterback movement plays, but he still moved around fairly well. So it's not as if we had to revamp the whole plan."

Rodgers isn't the only Packers player dealing with an ailment.

Green Bay's starting secondary was less than full strength, with cornerback Sam Shields (knee) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf) inactive Sunday. Defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) was also inactive, while right guard T.J. Lang left the game after the Packers' first series with an ankle injury.

McCarthy said he's confident the upcoming bye week will give players an opportunity to heal up before the Packers host the Chicago Bears for Sunday Night Football on Nov. 9.

"That's what we're hoping for," McCarthy said. "This is a great time for a bye for Aaron and T.J. and Morgan and Sam. So it will be good for us to get healthy." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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