Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has worn one brace or another since injuring his knee in week 1 against the Chicago Bears. That may change when the Packers come back from the bye.
Rodgers says he wants to ditch the brace. In fact, he looked into that possibility after the Packers’ victory on Monday night.
“Yeah, I just told Doc, I’d love to take the brace off after the bye,” Rodgers said. “But we’ll see how I respond tomorrow and this week and next week and probably get some sort of image of it again. But that would be nice to be feeling great come next week Wednesday.”
Rodgers supposedly had a setback with the injury last week. He practiced twice, the same as the week before.
However, Rodgers will now have a week to rest before the Packers return next week.
Would Rodgers without the brace make the Packers’ offense any better? That seems to be the hope.
“Well, I think it’s just stating the obvious: If you’re [not] wearing a brace, it’s definitely, it gives you more free range,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Those are all medical decisions, and we’ll work through that. We’ll just see where he is. I’m sure that he’s anxious to get that brace off.”
The Packers will need to be firing on all cylinders after the bye. Four of their next five games are on the road. Those four games come against the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and Vikings.
At this point, it’s hard to be confident that the Packers will win any of them.
The Packers’ offensive struggles have been well chronicled. They are average in the red zone. They’ve been falling behind early. The Packers have a negative point differential in quarters one through three. There’s no run-pass balance.
It’s hard to see a knee brace making that much of a difference.