Aaron Rodgers Full Participant in Practice; B.J. Raji Limited

By Kevin Van Pelt

After being limited in practice on Wednesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took all the snaps in Thursday’s practice. Rodgers has had a sore calf this week after the game against the Houston Texans on Sunday night and today was the first day he was to be in full pads and practice with the team. Head coach Mike McCarthy is now confident that Rodgers will be ready to go this upcoming Sunday.

“Just talking to Aaron this morning, he wanted to go today,” Mike McCarthy said. “He thought it was important to get on it (the calf) and see where he was. Then once we started practicing, he felt like he needed to take all the reps, and he did.”

This is good news for the Packers as Rodgers and the offense finally looked like they had chemistry for an entire game after demolishing the Texans defense. They will look to keep this chemistry up against a tough St. Louis Rams defense who has allowed the third fewest points in the league this season.

As for B.J. Raji, he has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury, but was able to return to practice for the first time since getting the injury. He participated on a limited basis, but the coach McCarthy was happy to see the improvement.

“B.J. definitely took a step today,” McCarthy said. “As always, when a player does come back for the first day, the examination tomorrow will obviously be very important. But it was good to have him out there.”

Raji’s presence is obviously missed, but rookie Jerel Worthy has done a solid job in his place and even got a sack last weekend against the Texans. Raji looks to be a game-time decision right now and we will learn how close he is to playing after tomorrow’s final practice. The Rams running game has struggled this season so it may not be as important this weekend to have Raji back, but the extra depth on the team is always a plus.


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