When the Green Bay Packers reassembled Thursday, their most visible player remained out of action. Once again, Aaron Rodgers sat out of practice with an injured hamstring and calf.
The news doesn't come as a total surprise, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Rodgers might not practice until Saturday. Still, with the team possesses near-zero wiggle room in their efforts to reach the postseason and a road matchup with the Chicago Bears looming, any time missed by the starting quarterback presents concern.
Rodgers has played the Bears with minimal on-field preparation before, however. In Week 17 of the 2013 season, Rodgers returned from a half-season absence caused by a broken collarbone despite participating in just a few non-contact sessions. He went on to lead the Packers to a victory that included a game-winning touchdown strike to Randall Cobb in the final minute.
The Packers practiced without other members of the offensive backfield as well. Christine Michael did not participate due to an illness while James Starks sat out with a concussion he suffered during a car accident earlier this week. As he did on Wednesday, occasional running back Randall Cobb did practice on a limited basis.
On defense, outside linebacker Nick Perry remains sidelined with a hand injury. In addition to missing yesterday's practice as well, Perry has not played since early in the second half against the Houston Texans in Week 14.