GREEN BAY, Wis. — This may be the last anybody becomes aware of Aaron Rodgers’ toe.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback made it seem like his toe injury will not be a problem in the playoffs. One indication of that began Wednesday, when Rodgers participated in the very first of 2 practices the group will hold throughout their playoff-week bye.
It wasn’t till recently that he even practiced more than one day throughout the week given that he fractured his left pinkie toe in early November while he was quarantined since of COVID-19.
Rodgers, who had actually been getting routine pain-killing injections to make it through video games, stated he has actually not required one just recently. The last recommendation he made to one sought the video game versus the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day, when he stated the toe got stepped on in the very first half. “Took care of it at halftime and obviously felt better,” he stated after the video game.
“I haven’t taken one in a number of weeks now, so that’s been the most encouraging thing,” Rodgers stated Wednesday. “Got through last week without doing one. It was just a pretty standard shot in the toe, very painful, a numbing agent. That helped get me through the games. The whole goal was to be able to not have to do that. It’s been a few games without doing that. So I’m feeling good, practiced today, close to 100% but think I should be 100% by next week.”
Rodgers played just in the very first half of Sunday’s regular-season ending at the Detroit Lions, a 37-30 loss that did not affect the Packers’ playoff seeding. They had actually clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC the previous week. Coach Matt LaFleur arranged practices today for today and Thursday and will provide the gamers the weekend off. It’s possible they might not understand their challenger for the divisional-round video game till Monday night after the last wild-card video game.
Rodgers stated his objective today is basic.
“Rest,” he stated. “Rest. I mean, I’m about to go home, and it’s what, 12:22 [in the afternoon]? That’s pretty frickin’ sweet. So I’m going to enjoy this rest. I’m sure many people, hopefully it’s not just me, I’ve still got a semi-messy house post-Christmas and New Year’s, and it’s the end of the season, so you don’t have time for that. So I’m going to clean my house, I’m going to rest, I’m going to read some books, and I’m going to relax. That’s what I’m getting out of this week.”
As anticipated, the Packers got outdoors linebacker Za’Darius Smith back at practice on Wednesday for the very first time given that he had back surgical treatment following the season opener. He participated in all drills throughout the part of practice open up to the media. He has actually played just 18 snaps this season in first-year organizer Joe Barry’s defense.
“We’re just trying to get him to a position where we feel comfortable, where not only can he go out there and compete at a high level, but also he hasn’t been really in the system other than one game,” LaFleur stated. “So we’ve got to make sure he understands his job responsibility first and foremost because as we’ve seen so many times throughout the course of the season, when we have all 11 guys on the same page doing their responsibility and owning their roles, I think our defense can be pretty good. And if you have some undisciplined play, then you get beat. I think we just want to re-acclimate him into practice and see how that goes and see how it all meshes before we solidify our plan. Luckily we not only have this week but we have next week to continue to get him up to speed, so to speak.”
Another offending lineman, right deal with Billy Turner, went back to practice. He hasn’t played in a month, initially since of a knee injury and after that since of COVID. This follows the return of center Josh Myers and left deal with David Bakhtiari for the regular-season ending. However, Bakhtiari did not practice on Wednesday since of what the group called “load management” on his rebuilt left knee.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who left recently’s video game since of a back injury, did not practice Wednesday however fellow receiver Randall Cobb continued his attempted return from core muscle surgical treatment by practicing once again and seems on track to return for the very first championship game.