According to league reports, besides being significantly strained, Aaron Rodgers’ calf has a slight tear that has sidelined him from practice this week, before the Packers’ matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Rodgers plans on playing Sunday, and says “it’s just a matter of how.”
Rodgers suffered the injury during week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then reinjured it in the Packers’ win in the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions. He managed to beat the Lions and even threw a touchdown pass as he was limping during a play.
The question is not whether Rodgers will play or not, it’s a question of how successful he can be if he can’t be too mobile outside of the pocket.
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"There's no question he will play, but there's also no question he will not be 100 percent," said one doctor familiar with the injury. "The question is whether he'll be 95 percent or 50 percent."
Rodgers had a terrific season, throwing for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions all season long. If they limit Rodgers on Sunday, they could rely on their running game a bit more. The Packers ranked sixth in the NFC averaging 4.4 yards per attempt.
The game is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. \