Sunday afternoon Green Bay wasn’t too sure how its game would go after Aaron Rodgers left the game with a knee injury. While he returned to the game – and had a spectacular one at that – the team still didn’t know his status moving forward. Pumped off of adrenaline, Rodgers led his team past the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers told reporters today he has a sprained knee that has been “pretty sore the last three days.”
The Packers take the field again on Sunday when they play the Minnesota Vikings. As of now, no word has been said if he will play in the game, yet he is hopeful.
“I want to play obviously,” Rodgers said. “You’re just taking it one day at a time. See how it feels tomorrow and see how it feels Friday, Saturday and then hopefully ready to go Sunday.”
“Definitely wasn’t any pain meds,” Rodgers continued. “I’m not a big believer in general in any type of opioid or any type of pain medicine. But yeah, obviously you want to be out there. I wasn’t very mobile there in the second half at all. Played like that, unfortunately, a few times in my career. Hopefully I’ll be able to be back out there.”
On the flip side, the Vikings’ head coach, Mike Zimmer, is preparing to go against Rodgers on Sunday.
“He walks on water, so I’m sure he’s going to play.”
But, Zimmer does have a game planner for rather Rodgers hits the field on Sunday or not.
“It’s all hypothetical to this point. Our big thing is to kind of prepare for every scenario — if he doesn’t move as well, try to do these things, and if he looks like he’s moving pretty well, then we have to adjust to some other parts of the game.”
Everson Griffen, the Vikings’ defensive end, essentially voiced the same thoughts as his coach — being prepared for Rodgers.
“… We know he’s playing and we’re going to have a great practice today and go out and execute our assignment and get ready to play Aaron. We’re just getting ready to play Aaron. I don’t know if he’s mobile, I don’t know if he can run. We don’t know anything. We’re just going to go in the game plan that he’s running and we’re going to go out there and execute our assignment.”
During Wednesday’s pracitc, Green Bay was also without wide reciever Davante Adams. Adams also was injured Sunday, but believes he will be ready to go against Minnesota.