While dealing with a nagging knee injury that he said wouldn't keep him out of action, Aaron Rodgers missed practice for the Green Bay Packers and is questionable for Game 2.
Rodgers said Wednesday he's dealing with a sprained knee that forced him to miss the team's first practice of the season and possibly made it difficult for him to play their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Instead of practicing, Rodgers was seeking treatment for the injured knee and said it's been pretty sore the last few days. While this is a possible setback, Rodgers did say the knee is getting better every day.
After missing a large portion of the 2017 season, Rodgers signed a huge extension in the offseason and returned in Game 1 to help the Packers defeat the Chicago Bears in Sunday Night Football. His knee was hurt badly during that game and the quarterback had to be carted off. He did, however, return to lead the Packers to a thrilling 24-23 comeback victory. Rodgers finished the game 20-30 for 286 yards and three touchdowns to zero interceptions.
#Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers will work in rehab group today. Not a setback. Says it’s day by day.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 12, 2018
While he might be doubtful, no official decision has been made on whether he'll play Sunday. Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy said the team is dealing with Rodgers' injury on a day-by-day basis and will make that decision when the decision is necessary.
If Rodgers is out for any length of time, this is not good news for Green Bay whose offense ticks around the highly paid but valued quarterback. Clearly, he motivated the Packers in their win Sunday after returning from his injury, and if he's not able to play on Sunday or his knee gets worse, Green Bay might be in tough to pull out a victory.
That said, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is preparing his team to face the future Hall of Famer. On a conference call with the Green Bay media, to questions about Rodgers’ status, he responded, “He walks on water so I’m sure he’s gonna play.”