Packers’ Rodgers ‘dealing with the pain management’ of calf injury
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Earl Thomas isn’t buying into Aaron Rodgers’ left calf injury. If Rodgers’ hobbling up and down the field last Sunday was just for show, perhaps it’s not too late for him to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor.
Thomas’ theory aside, Rodgers is preparing for the reality that he’ll be playing Sunday’s NFC championship game nowhere near 100 percent.
"It was painful the entire game," Rodgers said, referencing the Packers’ divisional-round win over Dallas. "It was just something that I knew I was going to have to deal with during the week and in the warmups. Nothing really loosened up.
"It was just dealing with the pain, pain management. And being smart about it."
Rodgers admitted his injury situation was "a little bit worse" following the Cowboys game than it was before kickoff. Still, he played very well, completing 24 of 35 passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions (125.4 passer rating).
"There weren’t a lot of explosive movements last week so . . . we’ll see how it goes Sunday," Rodgers said. "I mean, it’s been something that I’ve dealt with for the past couple weeks. It’s painful. There’s stiffness involved. There’s constant around-the-clock treatment, so it’ll be good Sunday."
Just one more win away from reaching the Super Bowl for the second time in his career, Rodgers is trying to battle through the injury. He had just turned 27 years old when the Packers won it all in February 2011. Now at 31, Rodgers is right around the midpoint of his career and has thought about what remaining opportunities there might be for a second Super Bowl title.
"It’s something you think about in the offseason especially," he said. "You know, this season thinking about half of my career potentially being done, and liking to play another seven, eight, nine years, you’d like to win a couple more because that’s when you really kind of cement your legacy and do something really special.
"If you look at some of the stuff we’ve done this fall, re-signed (general manager) Ted (Thompson), re-signed (head coach) Mike (McCarthy), it’s set up to really do something special. The three of us working together the majority of our careers together . . .
"It would be great to add a couple more trophies."
Rodgers stood at the podium Friday, just hours before Green Bay was set to depart for Seattle, wearing a Pleasant Valley High School hat and Butte Community College Football sweatshirt.
"I think you have to remember where you came from in order to keep some of that humility that you’d like to keep," Rodgers said. "I had great experiences in high school competing and going to class, and Butte College was a special year for me. I learned a lot from my coaches, from my fellow classmates in those classes, from my teachers in those classes, and most importantly from my teammates, especially some of the older ones who I got to play with. I look at that year as a really vital year for my success."
Rodgers was limited in the Packers’ practices Wednesday and Thursday, and he was officially listed as probable against the Seahawks.
The team will practice Saturday in Seattle. On Sunday, like Rodgers has done the past two games while dealing with the injury, he’ll go through a warmup routine a couple hours before kickoff.
"It’ll be important to get up there and get out there on the field in the pre-game and get comfortable," McCarthy said of Rodgers.
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