Rodgers plans to be ready for Sunday against Lions

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Aaron Rodgers thinks he'll be ready to go this Sunday against the Detroit Lions, though it remains to be seen what adjustments, if any, the offense will need to be made in the wake of his left calf strain.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after the Packers nearly scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback suffered the injury early in Sunday's 20-3 win over Tampa Bay, but was able to take part in the Tuesday's light practice inside the Hutson Center, which is usually an off day for players.

Rodgers, who was still feeling the effects of the flu bug, seemed to be throwing the ball fine during the portion of practice open to the media. The team, which is taking off Thursday for Christmas, didn't have to submit an injury report, so it's uncertain exactly how much he was able to do.

"I'm feeling good – except the sickness and the calf thing," Rodgers joked during his weekly news conference. "Other than that, I'm great, yeah."

Rodgers joked the light practice – consisting mainly of fundamental work and half-speed periods – meant he might have to expend extra effort later in the day to eclipse his 10,000 steps. Yes, he has a pedometer function on his phone.

After Rodgers pulled his calf on the second offensive series, Packers coach Mike McCarthy scaled down the amount of rollouts and scramble plays he was calling. Rodgers still completed 31-of-40 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown.

Whatever route they go against the Lions, McCarthy and Rodgers are confident they'll strike a balance in a game with heavy playoff implications.

"That's really the communication with Aaron and really working on Monday obviously helped us," McCarthy said. "And having the players here Monday helped because those kind of conversations were taking place as we were game-planning. We have a full plate game plan and I'm confident he'll be able to run it."

McCarthy said Wednesday likely will serve as an "abbreviated Thursday" practice with the team working in shells after using its last padded practice last week. Rodgers believes having the midweek break for Christmas will also help.

"I mean, I'm sure we can adjust accordingly if I'm not ready to fully move around," Rodgers said. "But I'd like to think with the Christmas holiday and everything that comes with it, that I'll be able to move around well enough." and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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