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Cheese Curds, 10/13: Rodgers’ thumb injury raises importance of Packers’ run game

The extent of the injury is still unclear outside of 1265 Lombardi Avenue, but it could push the Packers to embrace the run a bit more.

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One of the most common complaints coming out of the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the New York Giants last Sunday was the team’s apparent reluctance to embrace its effective and efficient running game. Now that we know the team’s first injury report of the following week, there may be an extra reason for the team to more fully embrace that phase of the offense.

In a way, Aaron Rodgers’ thumb injury — which kept him out of practice on Wednesday — could be a blessing in disguise if it helps the Packers commit more fully to the ground game. While the team does not expect Rodgers to miss the team’s next game against the New York Jets this weekend, the QB could still be dealing with some discomfort. If so, perhaps he’ll be more willing to stick with run calls, even when the defense’s look suggests that switching to a pass might be the “right” decision.

In any case, Rodgers’ status will be worth monitoring on Thursday and Friday. Expect him to practice in some capacity this week, at least to get some mental reps and get a few throws in before Sunday’s game. But regardless of Rodgers’ thumb, expect to see more carries and touches for the Packers’ running backs on Sunday.

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