Aaron Rodgers may have missed a few throws he normally wouldn't have after tweaking his hamstring against the New Orleans Saints, but the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff doesn't believe that'll be an issue this Sunday.
A full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, everyone is expecting the MVP quarterback to be back to his old self against the Chicago Bears.
"I haven't seen any effects," quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. "I think he's good to go."
Van Pelt, a nine-year NFL veteran, strained his hamstring when he was in college at Pittsburgh. In his experience, the injury seems to affect your accuracy more than your velocity because you're trying to avoid pain when you plant.
When you do feel something, it can make the ball sail high on you. Rodgers said immediately after the game had no plans on missing time and state twice this week his hamstring is fine.
There's still a chance it could limit his bootleg or scrambling ability, which is what his game is predicated on. However, the severity never was a concern. If it was more significant, he probably wouldn't have been able to stay in after he strained it midway through the third quarter in the 44-23 loss to the Saints.
"It definitely affects your footwork, how you plant on the back foot," Van Pelt said. "A couple of the passes that tripped him up, he historically wouldn't have missed. In that second half, he had a couple balls that were uncharacteristic misses by him and I'm sure it had something to do with that."
Historically, Rodgers has had a lot of success against the Bears. He's won 10 of his 13 games against Chicago, including last year's winner-take-all showdown in the regular season finale and September's 38-17 rout.
Rodgers said he received some acupuncture treatment on the hamstring during the bye week. He tore his hamstring during a 2007 practice, but otherwise has felt fine.
"I take care of my body pretty well, and I trust that by Sunday that it's not going to be an issue," Rodgers said on Wednesday. "I just have to play my game and if something happens I might dial it back a little bit.
"My calves often cramp up in the cold weather for some reason, so I'll make sure I am smart with those and my hamstring this week and hopefully be ready to go."