Rodgers, Matthews expected to play vs. Texans

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on November 30, 2016 – 11:40 am

161130-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have an update on the health of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews other than both are expected to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Rodgers tweaked his hamstring in the third quarter of Monday night’s 27-13 win over Philadelphia, but finished the game. He said afterward he thought he’d be “good to go” for this week despite the injury.

Asked on Monday whether the muscle injury could limit Rodgers like the calf strain late in the 2014 season, McCarthy said: “I don’t think we’re back in 2014.”

“There will be a lot of communication,” said McCarthy about the plan for Rodgers against Houston. “I’m in all the meetings. We’ll be talking about the game plan as we go. There was a lot of conversation last night with (quarterbacks coach) Alex Van Pelt and Aaron. The calf injury was a big injury. We made a ton of adjustments. For him to play through that was extraordinary.”

Matthews left briefly in the first quarter with a shoulder injury against the Eagles, but returned and played 44 defensive snaps.

The Packers won’t practice on Wednesday due to the short week and coming off back-to-back night games. Instead, they’ll conduct their walkthrough in their conditioning, rehab and instruction center.

McCarthy said this week is the team’s “biggest challenge” given the schedule and the fact the Packers are playing Houston for the first time in four years.

“When you look at schedule, we’re not only coming off a Monday night game on the east Coast, it was a Sunday night game on the road,” McCarthy said. “Stress adds up. This plan was in place in the spring when the schedule came out. We knew this was going to be a unique stretch. We’re fortunate to have the CRIC, so we’ll work exclusively in-house. We moved it back, gave those guys a chance to sleep in. They had weight room this morning.”

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