We all know the story by now. Plenty of virtual ink has been spilled in re-telling the story. Last Sunday, Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers back from a 20-0 deficit. But more than that, he did so despite being carted off in the first half against the Chicago Bears. Now with a huge divisional showdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings looming, there’s one question on everyone’s mind.
Will Aaron Rodgers play?
And for the third day in a row, we have absolutely no idea. But we do know a couple of things. For one, Rodgers says he is dealing with a knee sprain. We also know he’s doing group rehab at the moment. But that really gives us nothing, right? That said, if it were really bad, wouldn’t the Packers have already said so?
It might turn out that he misses a couple of weeks. Or, it might turn out that he misses Sunday’s game and comes back after that. But if they’re dealing with a potentially season-threatening injury, we would probably already know about it. Still, head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t providing many more details on the issue. And it’s already Thursday.
“This is no layup,” he says via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “That’s why it’s a day-to-day situation.”
“The vibe feels like he’s going to try [to play],” one player adds.
But it’s not that simple. Or maybe for Rodgers, it is. The 34-year-old has yet to practice this week, though he says he wouldn’t have trouble playing despite not practicing. McCarthy doesn’t want to jump to any decisions, though. They’ve still got a little bit of time. And all that matters now is that Rodgers continues along with his rehab.
“You’ve got two types of environments to prepare you for games — you’ve got the classroom environment, and you have obviously the practice environment,” McCarthy says. “So with him in the rehab group, he’s full bore ahead in the classroom and all the different meetings. Today’s a very heavy situational day, so that’s where his involvement is.”
Last season, Rodgers broke his collarbone in Green Bay’s first match-up with the Vikings. He would end up playing in only seven games as the Packers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Will it be a different story come Sunday?