GREEN BAY, Wis. — Though he would not say particularly which ligament was broken, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated he has a sprained knee and that it has been “fairly sore the final three days.”
Rodgers was held out of form on Wednesday and though he stated he didn’t want any observe time in an effort to play in Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, he couldn’t but decide to enjoying.
“I wish to play clearly,” Rodgers stated Wednesday. “Simply taking it at some point at a time. See the way it feels tomorrow and see the way it feels Friday, Saturday and hopefully able to go Sunday.”
The very best within the NFL at throwing TDs outdoors the pocket, Rodgers doesn’t have the mobility however he is perhaps even higher within the pocket.
“If Aaron stays within the pocket throwing, I feel Inexperienced Bay can win,” one scout stated. However this Vikings protection is tremendous gifted.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expressed little question that his crew would face Rodgers on Sunday at Lambeau Subject.
“He walks on water, so I am certain he will play,” Zimmer stated on a convention name with reporters at Lambeau Subject.
Rodgers stated he acquired by way of Sunday recreation in opposition to the Bears, when returned from his first half damage to rally the Packers from down 20-Zero to a 24-23 opening-night victory to match the biggest comeback of his profession, largely on adrenaline and with an assurance from crew doctor Dr. Pat McKenzie that he couldn’t additional damage it.
“Undoubtedly wasn’t any ache meds,” Rodgers stated. “I am not an enormous believer basically in any sort of opioid or any sort of ache medication. However yeah, clearly you wish to be on the market. I wasn’t very cellular there within the second half in any respect. Performed like that, sadly, a number of instances in my profession. Hopefully I will be capable of be again on the market.”
Maybe most telling about Rodgers’ mindset was when he was requested about his confidence degree in backup DeShone Kizer if he cannot play, and Rodgers stated: “Have not even thought of that.”
Rodgers’ left knee has been problematic for many of his profession. He tore the ACL in that knee enjoying basketball at age 16. He underwent ACL surgical procedure on that knee after his first faculty season at Cal after which had arthroscopic surgical procedure on the identical knee following the 2015 NFL season. In some methods, nonetheless, that would profit him as a result of his throwing mechanics had been partly construct round compensating for his left-knee points.
“I have not had – fortunately – a serious proper knee damage, however I’ve handled a left leg damage since I used to be a 16 years previous,” Rodgers stated. “So I do know what it feels prefer to play with one thing like this, and hopefully I will be on the level the place I can (play) on Sunday.”
“While you’re coping with some ache in that knee at 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (years previous), then yeah, you need to modify a bit bit the way in which you are throwing. Thankfully Doc cleaned me out a number of years in the past after the season and it has been glorious since then. However yeah, that undoubtedly impacts some early mechanics that develop into realized behaviors on the sphere.”
Rodgers wasn’t the Packers’ solely key offensive starter to skip observe on Wednesday. Receiver Davante Adams was held out due to a shoulder damage that he stated he sustained on his 51-yard catch late in Sunday evening’s recreation however believes he can play in opposition to the Vikings.
Rodgers relied closely on Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison within the second half in opposition to the Bears. Coach Mike McCarthy referred to as performs designed to maintain Rodgers within the pocket, though Rodgers was nonetheless in a position to transfer some inside the pocket.
Zimmer mentioned briefly about how the Vikings’ gameplan modifications if they do not see the cellular model of Rodgers that they are used to.
“It is all hypothetical up to now,” Zimmer stated. “Our massive factor is to sort of put together for each state of affairs if he does not transfer as effectively, attempt to do this stuff and if he seems like he is transferring fairly effectively then we’ve got to regulate to another elements of the sport.”
That model that they could get, one the place Rodgers has to remain within the pocket, is definitely most popular, stated Vikings defensive finish Everson Griffen.
“That is a very good factor that they are getting the ball out fast,” Griffen stated. “In the event that they’re checking the ball down each time, which means they’re scared to throw the ball down discipline. Meaning they cannot take massive pictures. In that case, they’re frightened of our move rush. If a crew is available in frightened of our move rush every week, then we’re in good condition.
“Truthfully, I do not care about if he is…we all know he is enjoying and we will have an awesome observe right this moment and exit and execute our project and prepare to play Aaron. We’re simply on the point of play Aaron. I do not know if he is cellular, I do not know if he can run, we do not know something. We’re simply going to go within the recreation plan that he is operating and we will go on the market and execute our project.”
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.