On Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers lost a touchdown run because of a penalty. It didn’t impact the team at the time, with Rodgers responding with the fourth of his six touchdown passes moments after his “Discount Double-Check” celebration went up in smoke, but it impacted the club on Wednesday.
“Think so, yeah. I hurt my calf and my pride,” he said.
Rodgers was listed as limited participation at practice because of the calf. Nobody, however, is concerned about the reigning MVP’s availability for Sunday’s game at St. Louis.
“Nothing to keep me out,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers didn’t take any 11-on-11 reps during the portion of practice that was available to reporters. He chalked it up to “getting older” and being “smart.”
Added coach Mike McCarthy: “It's not a major concern. We felt it was best to hold Aaron Rodgers from practice today. We'll see how he is in the morning."
Rodgers is coming off the best game of the season and one of the best of his career, considering the statistics (six touchdowns) and opposition (the Texans). On Wednesday, he was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
What can he do to top that performance against the Rams, who have allowed four touchdown passes in six games?
“It’s probably not going to happen,” Rodgers said. “To throw six touchdowns, a lot of stuff has to come together. You have to kind of stall at times on your runs inside the red zone, that adds to it. You have to make the most of some opportunities, you have to have some guys break some tackles and have guys make some great catches. You have to have the line protecting well enough to get off six passes. A lot of stuff came together. Was glad to be able to tie Matt Flynn’s record, now move forward.”
With Rodgers on the sideline, Graham Harrell ran the offense.
"It was good work for Graham today,” McCarthy said. “He got to do no-huddle in pre-practice. He got to do the no-huddle drill against the defense. He was able to get all the blitz work. I thought he did a nice job. Absolutely, it's hard to get the backup quarterback reps during the season and this was a good day for him."
Packers injury report
Out — ILB D.J. Smith (knee). Limited: TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder); RB Alex Green (shoulder); S Sean Richardson (hamstring); QB Aaron Rodgers (calf); TE D.J. Williams (hamstring). Did not participate: WR Greg Jennings (groin); LB Nick Perry (knee); DT B.J. Raji (ankle); CB Sam Shields (shin/ankle).
McCarthy said Perry and Shields would be “stretched” to play this week. Fortunately, McCarthy can turn to Erik Walden to be the full-time outside linebacker instead of sharing time with Perry. At cornerback, the door has opened for Davon House to make his season debut after injuring a shoulder in the first preseason game.
“He’s going to have the opportunity as far as the reps that are given to him in practice,” McCarthy said of House. “It’s been a tough time for him to come back and hopefully this is the week.”
Green said he’s fine after his first NFL start. Jennings might test his injured groin on Thursday or Friday.
Rams injury report
Did not participate: WR Danny Amendola (shoulder); LB Mario Haggan (thigh); T Wayne Hunter (back); CB Janoris Jenkins (back); T Rodger Saffold (knee).
Amendola, the team’s leading receiver, will be out until at least mid-November. Hunter is the Rams’ starting left tackle and Jenkins is a starting cornerback.
— Outside linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Andrew Quarless returned to practice after spending the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list. Zombo (hamstring) and Quarless (knee) will get back into the swing of things by spending the week on the look team. Derek Sherrod (leg) has not returned to practice.
— The Packers put Smith on injured reserve on Wednesday evening. They did not fill his roster spot, with that spot presumably being held for one of the PUP players to take in a couple weeks.
— The Rams, who went 2-14 last season, are 3-3. In a sweeping revamp, the Rams have a new coach (Jeff Fisher) and 31 of the 53 players on the roster weren’t on the team last season.
— The Packers lost Lawrence Guy from the practice squad to the Colts’ active roster. To round out the eight-man unit, they signed receiver Jeremy Ross and defensive lineman Drew Vanderlin, a Green Bay native.
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