McCarthy feels good about Rodgers’ preparation

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 16, 2016 – 10:26 am

161216-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers fully intends to play Sunday in Chicago, but exactly how much the Packers quarterback does in Saturday’s final practice remains uncertain.

Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday after injuring his calf on the third offensive play in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, but should work on a limited basis Saturday.

“We’ll see. I would think he’ll take some reps,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Actually just coming from quarterback meeting, we talked about some things that he needs to see in a limited fashion.”

McCarthy, then added: “I’m more worried about the snowstorm,” referring to the incoming 8-to-12 inches of snow that’s expected to fall on Green Bay between Friday and Saturday. McCarthy said the team hasn’t altered its travel plans to Chicago, though.

In lieu of practice, Rodgers has spent his week in the rehab program and dedicated more time to film study of the Bears. Based on Rodgers’ preparation, McCarthy said he doesn’t have any concern about his quarterback’s lack of on-field work.

“It’s been normal except for practice,” McCarthy said. “We still have the same structure in meetings. It’s been more pre-planning for the game than normal just because of the fact he’s not on the practice field, he’s in the treatment and able to watch more tape and more conversation going on Thursday and Friday than Friday and Saturday as how you feel the game is going to go.”

McCarthy said linebacker Nick Perry (hand) isn’t scheduled to practice on Saturday at this time, making it unlikely he’ll be ready to play Sunday in Chicago.

McCarthy added that running back James Starks remains in the concussion protocol. Linebacker Blake Martinez (knee) also is making progress after missing the team’s last two games.

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