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Cheese Curds, 9/28: Rodgers practices, MVS impresses, Vikings’ defense stinks on TNF

Aaron’s back, everyone!

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The Green Bay Packers got some great news on Thursday, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to a padded practice. This is a pretty big deal — Rodgers has not practiced (aside from the team’s brief Saturday practices) since suffering his knee injury against the Bears. With him back on the field, the coaching staff seems excited, and it will hopefully help the offense move the ball a bit more effectively on Sunday with better preparation.

A few hours after Rodgers left the field, the Minnesota Vikings stepped onto it for a Thursday night game against the NFC favorite Rams. With those two defenses looking impressive on paper, did anybody expect a game with 69 total points (nice), 887 combined passing yards for the two quarterbacks, five receivers over 100 yards, and eight passing touchdowns? It was quite the offensive explosion, and Packers fans have to feel good seeing Minnesota lose the game.

In today’s curds, we also look at a Packers player who is making waves on special teams, even as he has yet to carve out a significant role on special teams. Literally everything about him is reminiscent of a cult favorite from the last few years, and we’ll toot our own horns a bit for predicting it a long time ago.

A special welcome back for Aaron Rodgers |
Rodgers practiced on Thursday, the first time he has taken the field for real reps in the middle of the week since his injury in week one. Here’s a look at how his backups, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle, welcomed him back to the field.

Packers fail in attempt to bring back DL Brian Price | Packers Wire
It should be no surprise that the Packers made a run at Price, who was on the Browns' practice squad. After all, the team just lost Muhammad Wilkerson for the year and Price spent all of 2016 and training camp in 2017 in Green Bay.

The new Jeff Janis? Rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling turning heads as gunner on punts |
If only someone had predicted earlier this year that MVS was a good candidate to replace Janis on special teams! Oh, wait. This was published two weeks before the Draft.

Mike Zimmer: 'Never been this poor in pass coverage' -
The Vikings lost 38-31 to the Rams on Thursday Night, allowing a shopping 465 passing yards and five touchdowns to Jared Goff, and now sit at 1-2-1 on the season.

Eric Reid, one of the NFL’s best safeties, finally signed by Panthers -
Good for Reid. While he could have helped the Packers' secondary, which has been plagued by poor safety play so far this season, he heads to Carolina for a one-year contract worth a maximum of $1.9 million.

Hundreds line up for free Arby's-themed tattoos in Long Beach |
If you love the Beef and Cheddar, head down to southern California, where Arby's will pay for a tattoo for you and give you a free sandwich.