Rodgers calls injury a 'sprained knee;' status day-to-day

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks at Aaron Rodgers as he walks off the field after injuring his leg during the first half against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Green Bay Packers are taking it day-by-day after star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured in last Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears.

On Wednesday, Rodgers called his injury a "sprained knee."

“You hate that you’re dealing with something like this in the first week, but you feel similar to this week 13, 14, 15, 16, 17," Rodgers said. "If you’re fortunate enough to stay out the whole season you’re going to get banged up at some point. Obviously I’ve dealt with foot injuries, calf injuries, hamstring, lower extremities and played with it so hopefully I’ll be able to be back out there Sunday.”


Head coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers worked with the rehab group in practice.

“I think any time a player comes off a game where he’s injured, obviously there’s the hope of playing so obviously he’ll be given the whole week to get ready so we’ll take it day by day and we’ll learn as we go,” McCarthy said.

Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Chicago game, but returned in the second half to rally the Packers from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 win.


McCarthy said Rodgers' availability for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings would become clearer in the coming days.

“It’s super painful and you just have to suck it up and play through it," Rodgers said. "If you watch the film back there’s a number of times I put some weight on it and threw and like a jolt, like that was painful."

"To be in this room you have to be mentally and physically tough, I was just given an opportunity to show that I’m fairly physically tough.”

Rodgers said he wouldn’t need to participate in any practices this week to be able to play on Sunday. FOX 11's John Doran asked him if he wasn’t able to go what his confidence level would be with backup quarterback DeShone Kizer?

“I haven’t even thought about that,” Rodgers answered.

“I think obviously we have the best player in the locker room and if he’s ready to go I’m looking forward to cheering him on and doing whatever I can to help him, but it’s also my duty and my job to make sure I’m ready to go just in case he’s not,” Kizer said.

The Packers host the Vikings at noon. You can watch the game live on FOX 11.

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