Rodgers says calf is no better, no worse

Robert Zizzo
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Twenty-three days and two-plus games since straining his left calf, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his injury is no better or no worse after playing 71 snaps in Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball in the second quarter.

The Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys during an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. 
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The Packers have taken steps -- including limiting his practice time -- to protect Rodgers' calf, which was injured early in the Dec. 21 game at Tampa Bay.

"It's doing OK," Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday. "It is what it is, it's a significant injury. The training staff did a great job of helping me to get me ready to play and was able to get through it.

"It will be a similar schedule this week, probably, as far as practice time, but I'll be definitely playing."

Last week, Rodgers practiced only on Thursday before leading the Packers past the Cowboys in an NFC divisional round playoff game. Rodgers completed 24 of 35 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns after a relatively nondescript first half.

Rodgers appeared more comfortable in the second half, when he completed 15 of 20 passes for 226 yards and two of his touchdowns. His final touchdown throw, in fact, came on a play in which he was forced to move up in the pocket and slide to his left before throwing a rocket in the end zone to Richard Rodgers.

"Nothing changed in the approach," Aaron Rodgers said about the second half. "There was some apprehension on getting out of the pocket and doing some of those things that stayed with me the entire game.

"But I was, for whatever reason, able to move to my left a little bit easier, hopping on my right as I threw the ball to Richard for the touchdown and not having to put a lot of pressure on the left foot.

"So there wasn't any of that. It was about being smart and playing within my restrictions."

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