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Packers Injury Report: Aaron Rodgers practiced Thursday in positive step forward

It’s the quarterback’s first non-Saturday practice since Week 1 when he hurt his knee against the Bears.

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Rodgers’ return to the practice field is a positive sign both for his injury situation and the offense.
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Tiger Woods and Aaron Rodgers have something in common: They’re back.

After injuring his knee (are we even sure to this moment exactly what the injury is?) against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers hasn’t been able to practice regularly during the week as he rehabs. The last two weeks, he only practiced Saturday during the Green Bay Packers’ traditional light session in final preparation for the game.

Rodgers practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, but even that is a step in the right direction. Mike McCarthy spoke of the importance of having Rodgers at practice on Wednesday, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see QB1 on the practice field the very next day.

Off-target throws, drops, and missed opportunities marred Green Bay’s Week 3 tilt with Washington, but the offense appeared to be close to breaking out. As McCarthy noted this week, it’s hard for an offense to get into a rhythm when its quarterback isn’t practicing. There’s no opportunity for growth. It’s fair to point to that lack of practice reps and wonder if it has affected the cohesion of this offense.

McCarthy said it best when he pointed out if they didn’t think practice was important, they wouldn’t practice. So while Rodgers can play, and play well without practice, it’s not as helpful to the team as if he were out there.

Getting Rodgers back not only portends well for his injured knee, but potentially for this offense. Having him back in the mix for practice should help this offense get in a groove for a much-needed get right game against the Bills in Week 4.

Here’s a look at the Packers’ full injury report on Thursday, which included one new name: Randall Cobb, who was limited with a hamstring issue. Meanwhile, two other players were upgraded from non-participants on Wednesday to limited participants on Thursday.

Packers Thursday Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • G Justin McCray (shoulder)
  • OLB Nick Perry (concussion)
  • DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

Limited Participation

  • OT Bryan Bulaga (back)
  • WR Randall Cobb (hamstring - was not listed on Wednesday)
  • TE Jimmy Graham (knee - upgraded from DNP on Wednesday)
  • S Josh Jones (ankle)
  • CB Kevin King (groin - upgraded from DNP on Wednesday)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle - upgraded from DNP on Wednesday)