News now! Aaron Rodgers won’t practice until next Thursday

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 2, 2015 – 12:17 pm

150102-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that he was going to have QB Aaron Rodgers sit out of practice until at least next Thursday to rest and rehab his injured calf.

“Aaron’s doing well,” McCarthy said following the Packers’ first workout during their playoff bye week. “He’s been in treatment during the practice period, and we’ll do the same tomorrow. I really don’t see him getting on the practice field until Thursday probably at the earliest.”

The Packers will practice again on Saturday, in pads, and then the players will return on Monday for meetings to begin preparation for the playoff opponent. The Packers won’t know if they’re playing the Cowboys, Cardinals or Panthers until the Detroit-Dallas game concludes on Sunday night.

After Monday, the players will take Tuesday off and then begin their normal practice regimen on Wednesday. McCarthy said he’s not overly concerned about the practice reps Rodgers will miss if he doesn’t return to the field until Thursday.

“I’m not concerned,” he said. “He’s already started the preparation process. There are some things we went through today with self-scout and the direction we want to go. He’ll be prepared. There won’t be a bunch of new ideas or things he hasn’t seen or things he hasn’t had the reps with his teammates.”

McCarthy is hoping, of course, that with the extra time off Rodgers’ calf will be in better shape for the playoff game on Jan. 11 than it was for last week’s Detroit game, which was just seven days after the original injury.

“I would think so, but time will answer that,” he said. “No injury is ever exactly the same, and this definitely falls in that area.”

Packers.com will provide a full report following locker room interviews.


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