Aaron Rodgers may need bigger brace after “setback”

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Aaron Rodgers missed practice Thursday with his ailing left knee. The Packers star quarterback hopes to return Friday.

He needed extra time for rest and rehab after taking a hit from Lions linebacker Christian Jones on the opening drive Sunday.

“Yeah, kind of a setback last week,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “. . . Got to be in the rehab group again today, got a lot of good work in with [assistant trainer] Nate [Weir] and just hoping I get back out there tomorrow and have a feel-good Friday and a practice [Sunday] and be good to go — hopefully back to where I was in Detroit.”

Rodgers has dealt with a strained medial collateral ligament and a deep bone bruise since the season opener. He has played through it the past four weeks.

Last week marked the first time Rodgers played with a smaller, lighter knee brace. Now, he might have to go back to the larger brace he wore for the three games immediately after the injury.

“I hope not,” Rodgers said. “The goal would be to wear the same brace I wore last week, but I have a lot of faith in our training staff, and we’re going to [use] the brace we feel is most safe and allowing me to do exactly what I’m able to do on Monday.”

64 responses to “Aaron Rodgers may need bigger brace after “setback”

  1. I thought we were told that the vaunted Packer medical staff said playing couldn’t cause any further damage…

    I’m sure that’s what free told us. Multiple times.

    That same medical staff took Rodgers off the injury report and sent Aaron out there with a smaller/lighter brace.

    And now Rodgers is back on the injury report.

    If the Packers had a competent backup quarterback, maybe Aaron could have taken some time off to heal.

    But after McCarthy saw Kizer play, the decision was made that as long as Rodgers can stand, they will play Rodgers.

  2. Anyone else get the feeling that after every loss or ever declined performance it will be because of yet another setback? Boy his brace is going to need to be huge by the end of the year. LOL

  3. This guy is chasing after another excuse, after his very average play this year. Over/Under of 30 on how many times the camera pans in on his brace or talks about his knee. Good grief! This story is old.

  4. Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion and have the second worst running game in the NFL.

  5. Aaron should wear an eye patch and talk like a pirate. With a peg leg. Wouldn’t that be funny? In a corny kinda way. That’s just our kind of humor around here.

  6. As soon as his knee heels, it will be December and Khalil and CO. will break something else knocking them out of contention in 2018. Can’t wait!

  7. Just sit him this week. Give him two weeks off, it’s the 49ers. If we can’t beat their backup with our backup we’re a garbage team. Philip Rivers will have to carry me through fantasy this week.

  8. packertruth says:
    October 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion and have the second worst running game in the NFL
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Cousins has a 7.47 yards per completion, while Rodgers has a 7.56 yards per completion. Wow, Rodgers has a whole .09 more yards per pass. While Cousins is number 2 in the League for passing yards, Rodgers is 8th. Cousins passer rating is 105.1 Rodgers passer rating is 100.1. Yes the Vikings running game sucks, they won’t lead the league in rushing but it will get better when Cook gets better. Didn’t want to trumpet, but I had to respond to your cherry picking stat.

  9. This offense is too good to be playing like it is. Be prepared, fans, to see Rodgers and company go on another annual roll and in a month we’ll be the envy of of our rivals and the fear of our opponents. It’s a matter of time.

  10. He shouldn’t be playing with a strained MCL. If his knee is weakened he is more supseptible to major knee injury which will set them back much more than the time they should’ve sat him.

  11. packertruth says:
    October 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion and have the second worst running game in the NFL.

    —————-

    Yet.. where do they rank in total yards? Not 26th, that’s for sure. Pointing out isolated stats is such a silly stance.

  12. Aaron may change knee braces for a game and you all are losing your mind 😃

    He also said “Hopefully it will be the same lighter smaller brace as last week”

    He got a small ding from a hit in the Detroit game. It happens. The knee is fine. Still healing. Better each week. Calm down kids.

    Get your stories straight trolls. Half of you say he never was even injured. And half of you say they knee is so bad he should never play again.

  13. I shake my head at some of the comments so-called fans make in here. Rodgers is asked about his knee every week and he’s honest about it and people call him a diva. The guy is out there every week trying his best to play with the pain and people criticize him for it because they don’t like him.
    Grow up, people!

  14. I don’t care what anyone says, Brees is better than this guy. Always has been, always will be.

  15. greenwhodat26 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I don’t care what anyone says, Brees is better than this guy. Always has been, always will be.

    __________________________

    This is probably the most intelligent and precise statement on this thread. Drew is such and all around solid individual. Roger’s has let his head balloon with arrogance and “Wisconsin Royalty” if you will!

  16. Favre was lauded for playing through injury and playing in pain and you can bet he talked about his injuries at time, when asked.

    All Rodgers has done is get slammed b/c of offensive line issues, barely keep the team afloat and play the best he can with a really painful and gimpy knee and not enough practice time.

    Yet the haters call him a diva (never have understood how answering a question about an injury makes the guy a diva) and slam him for being soft. It’s the opposite. The guy is fearless in the pocket, despite taking a lot of hits while extending plays. He’s played through numerous injuries as well. If you can’t practice in order to heal enough to play in the next game, how is that soft? That’s toughness and being practical.

    But, haters gonna hate. Rodgers has been a very good QB for a long time in this league and the league is much better with him on the field than off. The NFL is smart enough to see that the league isn’t going to grow if multiple top QBs getting zillions of bucks in pay are on the bench or IR as happened last year. Might as well watch the CFL if you want second and third stringers running the show much of the year.

  17. packertruth says:
    October 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion…
    ###

    I’m aware you corrected your error in terminology – from per completion to per attempt.

    But, C’mon man….

    You picked a single stat of Kirk’s to judge him on. Among current starting QB’s:

    He’s number 2 in completions.

    He’s number 4 in completion percentage.

    He’s number 2 in yards.

    He’s number 2 in yards per game.

    He’s number 7 in TD’s

    He’s number 3 in fewest INT’s.

    He’s number 1 in 1st downs.

    He’s number 10 in 1st down percentage.

    He’s number 12 in passes of over 20 yards.

    He’s number 9 in passes of over 40 yards.

    He’s number 5 in QB rating.

    So, yeah, by your standards he sucks. To any intelligent football fan he’s doing pretty darn good.

  18. Obviously the only chance the Packers make the playoffs is if Rodgers plays. However, when Rodgers is 100% healthy it’s nip and tuck on who will win the division. I’d say 2-2-1 with un unhealthy Rodgers is about as good as Packer fans can expect. I suspect the Bears will fall back to earth and finish 8-8 or maybe 9-7, which is actually pretty good for them for the year. It’s still a two team race until the Bears prove they deserve to be included.

  19. I’m more interested in the status of crosby’s leg.
    =====

    Not even a peep that they tried out any kickers this week.

    Makes me question whether Gutey is the guy we HOPE he is.

    .. or McCarthy is truly the guy calling the shots and he’s on the same blind allegiance trail he’s always been on.

  20. packertruth says:

    October 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion and have the second worst running game in the NFL.

    ——

    Oh, so now Kirk Cousins is responsible for their run game? How has Rodgers been operating the Packers run game for the last decade?

  21. What a bunch of baloney. If any of this were true, Packers management would have shut down these stories, (fairy tales) weeks ago. The injured diva excuse buys time for an uninspiring weak roster and Lion-esque performances to be downplayed. No time to R E L A X, Panic is looming for real.

    #fakeinjury

  22. greenwhodat26 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:48 am
    I don’t care what anyone says, Brees is better than this guy. Always has been, always will be.

    ***************

    You re so correct. Seems like any discussion about Rodgers also leads to a discussion about Cousins.

    Rodgers:
    QB rating: 100.1
    Yards per attempt: 7.56
    Completion percentage: 63.0%
    TD/INT:

    Cousins:
    QB rating: 105.1
    Yards per attempt: 7.47
    Completion percentage: 71.2%

    Brees:
    QB rating: 122.3
    Yards per attempt: 8.73
    Completion percentage: 77.9%

  23. arrowtoyourknee says:
    October 12, 2018 at 1:04 am
    packertruth says:
    October 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    Meanwhile every Purple with a keyboard wants to trumpet how great Cousins is playing when the Vikings are 26th in yards per completion and have the second worst running game in the NFL.

    —————-

    Yet.. where do they rank in total yards? Not 26th, that’s for sure. Pointing out isolated stats is such a silly stance.

    +————–++

    As a Lions fan, I know for a fact, that stats are for L-O-S-E-R-S!

  24. packertruth says:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I meant to say Cousins was 26th in yards per attempt, not per completion. Thanks for the correction Kapp.
    ___________

    But that’s not true. He’s 16th in YPA among QBs with at least 10 attempts.

  25. thegreatjimbrown says:
    October 12, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Favre was lauded for playing through injury and playing in pain and you can bet he talked about his injuries at time, when asked.

    ———
    Sure but Favre was likable

  26. Favre plays through injuries and he is the “ironman”. Rodgers does it and he’s Mr. Glass. Dude hasn’t missed a game and only answers the questions he is asked…yet look at the hatred on display here. The pft comment section is getting to be just like Twitter and fb…nothing but negativity.

  27. The state of the Packers:

    –No backup QB. Period. Rodgers must play or the team has zero chance to win ANY game.
    –No pass rush. The front office disaster Ted Thompson paid Nick Perry millions based on one playoff game vs Skins
    –Aging o-line. Bulaga and Bahktiari are on downside of careers and there are no replacements on roster
    –No safeties. Ted Thompson never fixed the S mess when Nick Collins went down in 2011 opener. Now HHCD plans to walk
    –No return game. Desmond Howard. The last KO threat GB employed. 20+ years ago
    –No team speed. No disputing this. Period.
    –No commitment to run – When Elway and Maning got older, they won titles being with teams which played defense and pounded the ball. Mike McCarthy doesn’t give a rip about the run. Never has.

    The offense is a mess. The defense has too many youngsters to rely on being consistent over 16-game season.

    The draft-and-develop philosophy hasn’t helped one bit. The roster is pedestrian. The Packers have squandered the career of one the best QB’s of all-time.

  28. Every one of these non-Rodgers problems was evident going into the year. Everyone in Wisconsin and in the national media still assumed they were going to win the Central–and in some cases the NFC–to the Packers based on past performance.

    The problem is that the division doesn’t suck anymore. They can’t write 4-5 wins a year in pen on their schedule anymore.

  29. sfsaintsfan says:

    October 12, 2018 at 10:02 am

    greenwhodat26 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:48 am
    I don’t care what anyone says, Brees is better than this guy. Always has been, always will be.

    ***************

    You re so correct. Seems like any discussion about Rodgers also leads to a discussion about Cousins.

    Rodgers:
    QB rating: 100.1
    Yards per attempt: 7.56
    Completion percentage: 63.0%
    TD/INT:

    Cousins:
    QB rating: 105.1
    Yards per attempt: 7.47
    Completion percentage: 71.2%

    Brees:
    QB rating: 122.3
    Yards per attempt: 8.73
    Completion percentage: 77.9%
    ///////////////

    sfsaintsfan, I agree with you 100%. I knew it wasn’t going to happen but before Brees signed his last contract with the Saints the media was teasing everyone on possible teams that Brees would fit. Minnesota was one of those teams. Brees is the goat and listening to his interviews a standup guy. Would have loved to have Brees a Viking.

  30. honalulublue says:

    October 12, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What a bunch of baloney. If any of this were true, Packers management would have shut down these stories, (fairy tales) weeks ago. The injured diva excuse buys time for an uninspiring weak roster and Lion-esque performances to be downplayed. No time to R E L A X, Panic is looming for real.

    #fakeinjury

    ///////////////////////

    Don’t know if its a fake injury, I think its fake pain. Rodgers seems just fine running for a first down, but every incomplete pass he limps. BTW congratulations on the lions win. You have the packers number and as of late the Lions have the Vikings number, don’t understand why they are failing against other teams. Looks like you may have your running game solved with Johnson, still a little early but he looks good so far.

  31. –No return game. Desmond Howard. The last KO threat GB employed. 20+ years ago
    =====

    Allen Rossum, 2000-2001 – 2 return tds
    Will Blackmon, 2007-2008 – 3 return tds
    Randall Cobb, 2011-2012 – 3 return tds, tied for League lead in KO RET TDs 2011

  32. –Aging o-line. Bulaga and Bahktiari are on downside of careers and there are no replacements on roster
    =====

    Bak is only 27 years old.. back-to-back All-Pro seasons.. probably the best LT in football with Joe Thomas out of the way.

  33. –No safeties. Ted Thompson never fixed the S mess when Nick Collins went down in 2011 opener. Now HHCD plans to walk
    =====

    Would you take Burnett back?.. he’s only made 1 start in Pittsburgh..

    I’m perfectly content to see what Jones and Brice can do. Brice hasn’t been great.. but he’s no worse in coverage than Burnett was. The guy NEVER made plays against the pass.

    .. I think they’ll Franchise HHC-D and see how he performs through 2019. He’s not Ed Reed, but I don’t think they can simply move on with so many other holes on that side.

  34. 4sacroc says:
    October 12, 2018 at 10:40 am
    The draft-and-develop philosophy hasn’t helped one bit. The roster is pedestrian. The Packers have squandered the career of one the best QB’s of all-time.
    ////////////////////////

    Since the inception of the Viking franchise in 1961, the Vikings have had more HOF quarterbacks, more All-Pro quarterbacks, and more Pro-Bowl designee quarterbacks under center than the Packers.

    What’s their excuse? Let’s hear it. This ought to be good.

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