Report: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers dealing with torn calf muscle
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a slight tear in his calf muscle, according to a report from ESPN.
The report says Rodgers is still expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, but that he won’t be 100 percent. The Packers held Rodgers out of practice Wednesday, but he returned Thursday.
Rodgers aggravated his calf injury in the Packers’ final game of the regular season against the Lions. He left the field on a cart in the first half and was replaced by backup Matt Flynn, but Rodgers was able to return after halftime and lead the Packers to a win that clinched the NFC North division title, No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye.
While Rodgers is expected to play Sunday, his mobility will likely be significantly affected by the injury. Rodgers ranked seventh in the NFL in passing this year, finishing the regular season with 4,381 yards. He also threw 38 touchdowns to only five interceptions for the best TD-to-INT ratio in the league.
Rodgers was limited to a little more than half of the snaps during the team practice periods on Thursday. Coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers’ mobility "looked good."
"Well, we have a game plan. He went down and did everything we asked him to do today," McCarthy said. "As far as what we do, how we do it, how much we do it, that’s what the game’s for."
Rodgers missed two days of light practice last week, along with practice on Wednesday, to focus on treatment for the lingering calf injury.
"I didn’t notice him out there until I saw one ball that kind of squeaked through and went in for a touchdown," veteran cornerback Tramon Williams said. "I said, `Oh, that’s why it squeaked through. We’ve got No. 12 in the back.’ It’s a little different."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.