The Green Bay Packers have had a remarkable streak of great quarterback play over the past two and a half decades, but much of the reason that the QBs have been so impressive has been their toughness. While Brett Favre set the gold standard for playing through pain and injury, Aaron Rodgers is doing a darn good job of carrying on that legacy.
Two years ago, Rodgers fought through a left calf injury down the stretch and almost led the Packers to a Super Bowl. This season, he is working through injuries to his right calf and left hamstring. And you can trace his toughness all the way back to his first year as a starter, when Rodgers played through a separated shoulder and made some throws that he should not have been able to make.
All told, that means that you should expect Rodgers to play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and don't rule out him playing very well. Take a look at several topics related to the Packers' starting quarterback in today's Cheese Curds.
Aaron Rodgers will keep 'playing with pain' | Packers.com
Rodgers didn't practice on Wednesday and he will rehab again on Thursday, so expect him to participate on Saturday in the team's final run-through before the quick flight down to Chicago.
Fake 94 X Read: How one play showed Aaron Rodgers' resilience - ESPN
In 2008, Rodgers had a separated shoulder but played anyway. After telling Rodgers he wouldn't call any throws longer than 20 yards or so, Mike McCarthy forgot and took a deep shot on 3rd and 1 - and Rodgers not only toughed it out on a deep pass, but he hooked up with Donald Driver for a 50-yard touchdown.
How would Brett Favre's various injuries throughout his career affect you? - ESPN
Perhaps someday we will have a breakdown of Rodgers' injuries in a similar fashion to this look at all the issues that Favre played through.
Burnett boosts Packers' ILB outlook | Packersnews.com
Morgan Burnett isn't quite Deone Bucannon yet - he hasn't been permanently shifted to inside linebacker, but is rather playing there out of necessity. Still, his presence has been wildly successful in recent weeks, and it is easing the burden placed on the defense by the injuries at the position.
Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings practice - NFL.com
On Tuesday, the reports surfaced that Peterson was hoping to return next week in Green Bay; on Wednesday, he was designated for return and began practicing.
Michael Floyd released by Cardinals after DUI arrest - SBNation.com
Before anybody says it, no, the Packers will not (and probably should not) make a run at Floyd, who has been downright bad this year.