GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is “progressing” with his injured calf, and there will be a meeting on Wednesday with the medical staff to set a plan for Rodgers’ preparation and practice time for the remainder of the week.
“He’s getting better,” McCarthy said. “He had a hip in his hop today.”
McCarthy said last week that the earliest Rodgers would practice is Thursday. He didn’t comment specifically on that either way, but he did say that Rodgers would definitely prefer to practice because it’s what he’s accustomed to doing, though that decision won’t solely be up to him.
“It’s a big challenge for Aaron,” McCarthy said. “I think Aaron was brought up the right way. He likes to practice. Brett (Favre) was the same way. The head coach and quarterback control the tempo and energy of practice, and when your star quarterback is competing at a high level every single day, it makes the whole practice environment better.
“That’s what he’s used to. He doesn’t miss practice. He wants to practice, but we have to be smart. We’ll talk it through and make an educated decision.”
Rodgers’ sharp play in the second half of the Detroit game after returning from the injured calf — he completed 11 of 13 passes — speaks to his ability to play hurt. He wasn’t 100 percent coming into the game after the initial injury in Tampa, yet there was no obvious negative effect on his play.
“He’s learned to play through different situations,” McCarthy said. “He has continuity with his teammates. You’ve got to be in tune with that. He’s a quick healer. He jumped out there last week and was playing normal football until the injury, so I think he’ll be in pretty good shape come Sunday.”
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