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Aaron Rodgers practices Saturday, still questionable

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a positive step toward playing Sunday as he got through a full practice on Saturday.

Rodgers remains questionable, as it remains to be seen how his sprained knee will respond to his first day of practice all week.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Rodgers is still coping with some soreness and swelling in the knee he hurt Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

At this point, the signs are good, though Rodgers looks like a game-time decision. By all accounts, he has improved throughout the week. It’s simply a question of whether he’s improved enough to get through Sunday’s game.

Aaron Rodgers improving, still considered day-to-day

Aaron Rodgers

While it is still premature to figure out whether or not quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the signs continue to be positive.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers feels better than he did when the practice week started and remains day-to-day. Much will be determined by how he gets through Saturday’s practice.

Rodgers has a knee sprain and the Packers have been managing expectations about his status for Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. At this point, the situation may best be characterized as cautious optimism, and we should know much more tomorrow.

Packers coach says it is ‘no layup’ that Aaron Rodgers will play vs. Vikings

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is trying to get healthy this week after he suffered a knee injury in Week 1, and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling out the possibility that the star quarterback will have to sit.

After he led an incredible comeback win over the Chicago Bears, Rodgers expressed no doubt that he will be available to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. However, he has not been able to practice this week, and McCarthy insists the 34-year-old is not a lock to play.

Rodgers has reportedly been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is dealing with some swelling. While there’s still a good chance he will play on Sunday, the Packers are not going to risk having him injure the knee further this early in the season.

Report: Aaron Rodgers dealing with knee sprain, swelling

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers had no doubts about his availability for Week 2 following a comeback win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, but it does not sound like he is a lock to play.

On Wednesday, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Rodgers was working with a rehab group rather than practicing. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, that is because Rodgers has been diagnosed with a knee sprain and is dealing with some swelling.

Rodgers was carted into the locker room after a defender landed on his knee in the first half against Chicago, and the injury looked quite painful. If it were anything serious, the team would not have risked letting him go back into the game. He also managed to throw three touchdown passes in the second half en route to erasing a 20-point deficit, so that’s a positive sign.

While he probably won’t put in much practice time before Sunday’s game, we know how Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer feels about the chances of Rodgers sitting out. Unless there’s a risk of injuring his knee further, expect to see Rodgers on the field.

Brett Favre: Hatchet with Aaron Rodgers officially buried

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Brett Favre is back hosting a weekly show for SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he’s already sharing some interesting information on it.

Favre’s debut show this year came on Tuesday. During the show, Favre praised his former understudy Aaron Rodgers for leading the Green Bay Packers to a comeback on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

Favre also revealed that Rodgers is working on a “year in the life” documentary.

According to NFL writer Jim Corbett, Favre said Rodgers visited the retired quarterback’s Mississippi home in June for a two-day sit-down interview for the documentary. Favre revealed that during the sit-down, Rodgers shared how much pressure he felt replacing the legendary QB on the Packers. It was at that time that Favre understood just how much pressure Rodgers felt to replace him, and at that point, if there was any friction/tension between them, it was pushed aside.

The Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005 with the intention of making him Favre’s successor. The entire situation became extremely messy when Favre went back on his retirement, forcing the Packers to choose between the quarterbacks. They picked the younger Rodgers over the veteran Favre. Favre played another three seasons, including the final two with the NFC North rival Vikings. In the first few years after the difficult split between Favre and the Packers, Favre understandably showed some bitterness and seemed to slight Rodgers. Over time, the relationship between all parties seemed to get much better, with Favre saying three years ago that there was no wedge between the two quarterbacks.

Now 10 years after the peak of the controversy, it seems the two most central figures have put all the tension behind them.

Mike Zimmer has great quote about Aaron Rodgers’ Week 2 status

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers expressed no doubts that he will play in Week 2 after he led the Green Bay Packers to a remarkable comeback win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, but the team continues to take a more cautious approach.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday that Rodgers would work on strengthening his knee rather than practicing. While he did not say that means Rodgers is in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, he sounded less certain than the quarterback.

As far as Mike Zimmer is concerned, there is no way Rodgers is missing Sunday’s divisional matchup. When asked if his team is preparing as though Rodgers is going to start, the Vikings coach offered a great quote.

While the Packers aren’t going to take any chances, it seems unlikely that Rodgers will sit out. If his injury was anything even remotely serious, he would not have returned to Sunday’s game. Even though the way a defender landed on him looked ugly, Rodgers was healthy enough to throw three touchdown passes in the second half. He doesn’t need many reps in practice to be able to play in Week 2.

Packers coach won’t commit to Aaron Rodgers playing in Week 2

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers looked plenty healthy when he threw three touchdown passes in the second half on Sunday night and led the Green Bay Packers to a comeback win over the Chicago Bears, but the team is not yet ready to pencil him into the starting lineup for Week 2.

When asked about Rodgers’ knee injury on Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the quarterback is still being evaluated.

Rodgers was carted into the locker room after a defender landed on his knee in the first half, and the injury looked quite painful. Packers fans got a welcome sight when he took the field in the third quarter, and he proceeded to help Green Bay mount a comeback win after trailing 20-0.

While he has expressed little doubt over his status for Week 2’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers will have to listen to the Packers’ training staff.

Aaron Rodgers gets shoutout from LeBron after amazing comeback

LeBron James

Aaron Rodgers returned from an injury on Sunday night to lead the Green Bay Packers to an incredible comeback win over the Chicago Bears, and LeBron James seems to have enjoyed it as much as the rest of us.

On Monday morning, LeBron gave Rodgers a flattering shoutout on Twitter.

Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half, and there was initially some concern that it was serious. He returned in the third quarter with Green Bay trailing 20-0 and threw three touchdown passes en route to a 24-23 win.

We caught a glimpse of how excited LeBron was for the first NFL Sunday when he sent a tweet about the Cleveland Browns earlier in the day, and it’s no surprise the four-time NBA MVP appreciated the two-time NFL MVP’s gutsy performance.

Aaron Rodgers gives awesome quote on being a good teammate

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers recently signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers that will see him earn more guaranteed money than any player in NFL history, but he proved on Sunday night that he has not gotten complacent.

Rodgers led the Packers to a remarkable comeback win over the Chicago Bears after he exited the game with a knee injury and re-entered in the second half. Since Green Bay was trailing 20-0 at the time he came back in, some wondered if it was worth the risk. Rodgers had a great explanation for why it was.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half, leading the Packers to a 24-23 win. The way a defender landed on his leg looked ugly, but he was fortunate to avoid a serious injury. While he’ll undoubtedly be sore, Rodgers has already said he plans to play in Week 2.

After he only appeared in seven games last year because of a broken collarbone, NFL fans were concerned Rodgers could miss multiple games again this year when he went down on Sunday. Instead, the 34-year-old quarterback proved why the sport needs him.

Aaron Rodgers declares he will play against Vikings in Week 2

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers says there is no doubt about his status for Week 2.

Rodgers exited the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in the second quarter following a sack. He had his knee examined in the locker room and re-entered the game in the second half after deciding the tests revealed nothing too serious.

Rodgers may have been in pain from his injury, but he played through it and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Packers to a comeback victory.

After the game, Rodgers was interviewed by NBC’s Michele Tafoya, who asked the quarterback about his status for Week 2.

“Oh, I’m playing next week,” Rodgers said, without any doubt in his voice.

Minnesota, you are on alert: Rodgers will be playing against you next Sunday, painful knee or not.