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Aaron Rodgers has 'slight tear' in calf, per report

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The Packers' quarterback has a tear and a strain in his injured calf.

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While the extra week off likely helped Aaron Rodgers' tweaked calf, it's beginning to appear that the injury might not completely heal until sometime in the offseason. According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rodgers has a "slight tear" in the calf in addition to the strain he suffered in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rodgers has mentioned on his weekly radio program that the injury he suffered in the season finale against the Detroit Lions was in a different spot on his calf than the original strain. This report seems to validate that claim. Muscle tears can take varying amount of time to heal and every player responds differently to treatment. Accordingly, there's no way of knowing how mobile Rodgers will be this Sunday.

Still, there isn't much reason to doubt that Rodgers will suit up for the Green Bay Packers' playoff opener against the Dallas Cowboys. He was able to come back from the injury and perform at a high level in Week 17, and with the extra time the team expects him to replicate that play again.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation Newsdesk Contributor and writes for Sports on Earth.