The Green Bay Packers practiced on Tuesday, accelerating their practice schedule coming out of their bye week and treating that practice as a normal Wednesday session. Although the team got mostly good news on the injury front after the bye, there was one notable absence from the team’s practice.
On Monday, Mike McCarthy said in his press conference that he hoped quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be able to practice on Tuesday. If Rodgers did end up suiting up, it would have been the first time he had practiced in a “Wednesday” practice since his knee injury in week one. However, Rodgers was not seen at practice today, and beat writers reported him as being the only non-participant on the team.
Rodgers should be on track to practice tomorrow, however, as he was a full participant in Thursday practices before each of the Packers’ last two games. The team will then have a normal Saturday walkthrough on Friday before flying to California, followed by another brief walkthrough on Saturday in Los Angeles. Therefore, there is no reason to panic unless Rodgers shows up as less than a full participant on Wednesday’s injury report.
There is good news out of the practice facility on Tuesday, however. As mentioned earlier, everyone else on the Packers’ 53-man roster was in attendance at practice, though one player — linebacker Oren Burks — was spotted without a helmet during the media portion of practice. Still, the news that everyone was in uniform confirmed McCarthy’s Tuesday morning comments about a few key players returning to practice, most notably Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, and Jaire Alexander. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who had not played since signing with the Packers due to a hamstring injury, also was in uniform and working on Tuesday, and signs point to him taking the field for the first time in Green and Gold on Sunday against the Rams.
UPDATE: Rodgers told the media after practice that he elected to rehab his injured knee on Tuesday in order to ensure that he could practice fully on Wednesday in the Packers’ full-pads practice. Keep an eye out on Wednesday for updates on his status.