Aaron Rodgers was back on the field during the brief workout the Green Bay Packers conducted on Monday, their first day back from the bye week.
Although it wasn't a true practice, it was a promising sign for the 30-year-old quarterback, who tweaked his hamstring in last week's 44-23 loss to New Orleans.
Rodgers remained in the game after straining his left hamstring on a third-quarter scramble, but was confined to the pocket during the next three series. He missed a month with a torn hamstring in 2007 when he was still serving as Brett Favre's backup, but was firm in his assertion after the loss to the Saints that he wouldn't miss any time.
Monday was a step in the right direction.
"Aaron did everything today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He looked, he had a good workout today."
Safety Morgan Burnett (calf), cornerback Sam Shields (knee) and defensive lineman Datone Jones (ankle) also participated in the truncated practice, which mainly consisted of individual work and strength and conditioning exercises.
Jones has sat out the Packers' last three games after spraining his right ankle against Minnesota on Oct. 3, but is hopeful he'll be back on the field for Sunday's game against Chicago. The next 48 hours will be important, though.
The 2013 first-round pick has returned to practice twice over the last month only to wind up back on the sideline.
"I'm feeling good. I'm back," said Jones, who had 12 tackles and a sack in the first five games. "I practiced with the team today. Ran around a little bit. Hopefully I can show my coaches what I can do on Wednesday in our first practice. I'm excited. We're playing against the Bears, rival game, at home, at Lambeau, I'm excited."
Starting right guard T.J. Lang isn't quite as far along after spraining his left ankle following the Packers' first series against the Saints. Lang spent Monday rehabbing the injury, according to McCarthy.
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