Aaron Rodgers practiced Saturday for the first time since he sprained his left knee, but no decision will be made on the quarterback’s status until Sunday morning, according to an ESPN report.
Rodgers was injured in the Packers’ season-opening victory over Chicago last Sunday night at Lambeau Field and did not return to the field until Saturday. Rodgers was listed as questionable on the Packers’ injury report Friday, but the team does not practice on Fridays. The team does hold a short practice on Saturdays.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers didn’t have to take part in practice in order to play on Sunday against the Vikings at Lambeau Field.
“Aaron’s getting better,” McCarthy said Friday, according to ESPN.com. “He was in the meeting this morning. I would say he feels better than he did at the beginning of the week.”
DeShone Kizer had been working with the first team in practice as Rodgers focused on rehabbing his knee.
“(We) don’t really need to see anything (from Rodgers on Saturday) because the classroom work and participation from both Aaron and Kizer is all part of this preparation process,” McCarthy said. “So we’re just going to keep working through that, and we’ll be ready to go.
“He could play with no reps. We’ve established that point some time ago in his career. So I think it’s no different. You’d like to walk off the field Saturday and have your plan set, but this is the National Football League, things happen. Guys get sick on Saturday, too. That’s all part of our process where we work the practice squad guys in and everything. So we’ll be ready for anything, but I know he wants to play. So we’ll see how it goes.”