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Rodgers practices full; Raji limited

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 18, 2012 – 2:31 pm

QB Aaron Rodgers took all the snaps in Thursday’s practice after getting very limited work on Wednesday due to a calf injury. With Thursday’s practice in pads, Rodgers’ making it all the way through is a strong indication he’ll be fine come Sunday in St. Louis.

“Just talking to Aaron this morning, he wanted to go today,” Mike McCarthy said. “He thought it was important to get on it (the calf) and see where he was. Then once we started practicing, he felt like he needed to take all the reps, and he did.”

NT B.J. Raji also returned to practice for the first time in two weeks, but on a limited basis. Raji missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, but McCarthy was encouraged by what he saw from Raji on Thursday.

“B.J. definitely took a step today,” McCarthy said. “As always, when a player does come back for the first day, the examination tomorrow will obviously be very important. But it was good to have him out there.”

The only other change to the injury report from Wednesday was that TE D.J. Williams (hamstring) was a full participant in practice. He missed last Sunday’s Houston game but appears well on the comeback trail.

Meanwhile, fellow TE Andrew Quarless practiced for just the second time this season, having come off the PUP list on Wednesday. Quarless said the medical staff is easing him back into practice with a limited number of reps, but he’s felt no discomfort or setbacks after his first two days.

“Every day if I could just get a little better, just kind of get my step back — I don’t want to say ‘swag,’ but to be out there moving around and feeling good about it,” Quarless saisd. “It’s coming. I feel it. I felt great today in practice. I just have to get it back.”

Quarless had been out since tearing the ACL in his knee in Week 13 last season against the Giants. He said the long, arduous process of rehab gave him an appreciation for all the players he’s seen previously who missed long stretches due to injuries.

“A lot of guys come off this injury better than they were,” he said. “I don’t feel like (number) 81 yet, but I feel good. Right there. I’m happy about it. Real excited.”

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8 Responses to “Rodgers practices full; Raji limited”

  1. By chase on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great for Rodgers,but I want to see Raji in full practice. Well, at least he has full pads on. GO PACK GO!

  2. By chase on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, andrew quarless should replace ryan taylor soon. taylors not that great.

  3. By Mypackwon1 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    What a good time for Jerel Worthy and Mike Neal, the weight room horse, to show their stuff. They performed well in Houston and could prove valuable spelling BJ & Co. on a regular basis in the second half, with all the conference games. Go Pack!

  4. By ernie ernie on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Wouldn’t mind seeing more of Neal and Worthy and less of Raji. I have no loyalty. Raji hasn’t done much so far this year. Maybe he’s worked himself into a backup role. All I know is the packer defense I saw last week – without Perry and Raji was better than the so called healthy team the previous 4 weeks that’s for sure.
    With Raji there has been zero penetration up the middle stopping the QB from forming a nice pocket to pass from, aka all day in the Colts game.

  5. By GO4IT_PACK on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    @Chase What games are you watching. Ryan Taylor is excellent on special teams both last year and this year. In addition, he has great hands and if he learns to block alittle better could be great tight end

  6. By Matt on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    @Ernie Ernie. You’re kidding me right? Raji is one of the best nose tackles in the game and his job is to hold the point of attack and not get in and disrupt the quarterback. We’re playing a 3-4, so that’s the outside linebackers job, Raji’s job is to stop the run.

  7. By robertgraham on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Raji is a crucial component to winning the Super Bowl again.

  8. By 13&counting! on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Please lets not rush Raji back too soon. That ankle wont feel any better in the colder months ahead if he’s not healed completely, now. I know we face a tough back in Steven Jackson in St. Louis so the temptation is to bring Raji back but, wouldn’t it make more sense to move Pickett over to NT and play Mike Neal at LDE?. I just dont want to have another Jennings situation to occur. We need the big fella to make a stretch run into the playoffs.

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