Aaron Rodgers is likely a game-time decision on Sunday against the Vikings. But on Saturday, he took a big step towards playing. For the first time since suffering the injury on Sunday, Rodgers took practice reps for the Packers. That said, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to play.
Though, head coach Mike McCarthy’s comments from earlier in the week are promising.
“Aaron’s getting better,” McCarthy said via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky on Friday. “He was in the meeting this morning. I would say he feels better than he did at the beginning of the week.”
“He could play with no reps. We’ve established that point some time ago in his career. So I think it’s no different. You’d like to walk off the field Saturday and have your plan set, but this is the National Football League,” he adds.
In Week 1 against the Bears, Rodgers went 20-of-30 (66.7%) for 286 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
So yes, practicing is a significant step forward. And yet, it’s no guarantee that he’ll play. Even if the Packers have him ready to go Sunday, the Vikings are favorites. Even though the game is at Lambeau Field, the Vikings are favorites. And there’s a reason for that. They’re returning the best defense in the league from a season ago. Kirk Cousins is now under center. With or without Rodgers, it’s going to be tough.
But it’s good to see him back at practice.