Aaron Rodgers is back in training after toe injury
After almost a full month out, the Packers' talisman is just about ready to go.
The Packers will feel encouraged by their star quarterback's participation in training ahead of a tricky game against the Vikings
Aaron Rodgers trains again
Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to participate in Friday's training session, thereby calming the fears that he would go into the Packer's next game without any time on the practice field. While it was on a limited basis, it was definitely a positive for the team as it was the first time that Rodgers was training in a month.
Having recovered from covid-19, Rodgers recently cited a toe injury as the reason for his extended absence from the field. The three time league MVP would only disclose that the injury occurred during the quarantine, but declined to give any further details as to the nature or extent of it. regardless of his toe it now seems Rodgers is set to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Packers coach Matt LaFleur was positive about Rodgers availability. "He was limited today. He looked good throwing the football. I'm confident that he'll be in a good place on Sunday."
How did the Packers manage?
In the absence of Rodgers the Packers were forced to turn to quaterback Jordan Love. It was Love who started the November 7th loss at the Kansas City Chiefs before Rodgers return the day before the Packers win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Interestingly it was Love who took all the reps for No.1 on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Meanwhile, Rodgers spent Wednesday's practice rehabbing but was seen watching from the sideline on Thursday.
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Speaking on Thursday about the scenario, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said, "It's interesting; it's different.I think it's a great opportunity for Jordan to be able to develop, and it's much better to have Aaron in the building; that's been great. So it's just one of those things you've got to keep grinding, you've got to make everybody else is prepared and ready to go for when Aaron gets out there."
The Packers' present situation
Heading into Sunday's date with the Vikings it appears that Rodgers could actually find himself without one of his top receivers. Allen Lazard is consdered a doubt with a shoulder issue that just won't seem to go away. Then there is also Malik Taylor who has been officially ruled out due a to abdominal problem. While the latter is traditionally a special teams player, his absence does not help the cause.
The Packers must also contend with the problem posed by left tackle David Bakhtiari's absence. As it stands it will be at least a week before he can take the field again. While it is true that he was taken off the physically unable to perform list on November 10th, it is clear that he is still not fit enough to make a full return to play after his operation an operation to repair his ACL in January. Bakhtiari has not trained for the entire week but coach LaFleur was firm on the notion that it was not a set back in his recover.
"It's part of the process," LaFleur said. "He's coming off a major injury. We're trying to put him in the best possible position for when he does return so that he's good to go."