Aaron Rodgers’ balky left knee seemed to be getting better last week. Rodgers practiced for the first time on a Thursday since injuring the knee in week 1.
Now Rodgers is just trying to get back to the level he was at last week.
Rodgers was tackled by Lions linebacker Christian Jones during the first quarter last week. Jones fell on Rodgers’ ankle as he was bending his body backwards. That’s the shot that set Rodgers back.
“Yeah, kind of a setback last week, the beginning of the week,” Rodgers said. “Got to be in the rehab group again (Thursday), got a lot of good work in with (director of rehabilitation) Nate (Weir) and just hoping I get back out there tomorrow and have a feel-good Friday and a practice (Sunday) and be good to go — hopefully back to where I was in Detroit.”
Rodgers is expected to practice Friday and Sunday. That would put him on the same schedule as last week, since the Packers play Monday night.
Obviously, Rodgers’ progress with the injury has stopped. There’s a real chance this is something that could linger throughout the season.
After wearing a bulky knee brace for three weeks, Rodgers switched to a lighter model against the Lions. The goal at present is to not have to go back to the larger brace.
“I hope not,” he said. “The goal would be to wear the same brace I wore last week, but I have a lot of faith in our training staff, and we’re going to put the brace we feel is most safe and allowing me to do exactly what I’m able to do on Monday.”
So far, something has been limiting Rodgers. It’s debatable whether it’s the injury or if it’s something else.