Aaron Rodgers dealing with shoulder injury
The 11 sacks and 28 hits Aaron Rodgers has taken in the Green Bay Packers' last three losses have started to take their toll on the MVP quarterback.
A right shoulder injury limited Rodgers when the team returned to practice on Wednesday. He was one of several banged-up starters who were suited up. Rodgers winced in pain on a few occasions in Sunday's 18-16 loss to Detroit, including after his knee corkscrewed in the fourth quarter on a low hit from Ziggy Ansah.
Rodgers stayed in the game, but both he and coach Mike McCarthy admitted Wednesday that he's "probably banged up."
"He's banged up," McCarthy said before practice. "We have a number of guys banged up, really. Frankly, the way we're practicing today, we're going longer, longer meeting, longer walk-throughs and then going down to practice later is more about coming off of the last couple games and really getting ready for Minnesota and then into the short week."
Receiver Jared Abbrederis (ribs), right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) sat out of Wednesday's practice. Lang finished the game Sunday, but was favoring his shoulder after diving to make a tackle following a James Starks fumble. He returned to the game after one play.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari and left guard Josh Sitton were also limited with knee injuries. It was a promising sign Bakhtiari was able to practice after getting carted to the locker room Sunday and not returning. Defensive back Micah Hyde also was limited with a hip injury he sustained on Mason Crobsy's successful on-side kick Sunday.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix apparently wasn't diagnosed with a concussion following his hit on Lions running back Theo Riddick. He wasn't listed on the injury report. Running back Eddie Lacy (groin) and receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) were full participants Wednesday, a good indication both will return this week after sitting out against the Lions.
Linebacker Clay Matthews (knee/ankle) was limited. Safety Morgan Burnett (ankle), receiver James Jones (quad), and outside linebackers Mike Neal (hip) and Nick Perry (wrist/shoulder) were all full participants.