Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is "pushing to play" in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
#Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters he’s still gathering info on Aaron Rodgers’ knee, and I’m told, that includes seeing if the swelling goes down and how it responds. Rodgers is clearly pushing to play, but too early to declare he can do so.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2018
Rodgers was hit hard and suffered a knee injury in the team's Week 1 contest vs. the Chicago Bears, and had to be carted off. But in typical Rodgers fashion, he defied the odds and led Green Bay to a thrilling 24-23 comeback victory after going down 20-0.
After the game, Rodgers vowed that he would be playing in Week 2. Of course, that'll only happen if the medical team gives him the green light. The Packers may decide they can't risk his long-term health, so it wouldn't be surprising if they decided to sit him for Week 2, even if it's a big game against a division rival.
The Philadelphia Eagles aren't rushing the return of Carson Wentz, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 of last year. Backup Nick Foles is running the offense until the Eagles are fully confident that Wentz is recovered and good to go again.
The Packers lost Rodgers for most of the 2017 season, when he went down in Week 6 with a fractured collarbone. Green Bay was 4-1 at the time of the injury, but they finished 2017 with a woeful 7-9 record under backup Brett Hundley. That only displayed just how much more Rodgers means to his team than just about any other player in the NFL.
Rodgers completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's comeback win against the Bears. If he's healthy, Rodgers and the Pack are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The long-time bullies of the NFC North won't have it so easy in 2018, however. The Vikings return with the league's best defense from a year ago, and Kirk Cousins looked excellent in his first game in the purple uniform.
But as long as Rodgers can stay healthy through the course of the season, the Packers will be a force to be reckoned with.