Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke to reporters for the first time in several weeks today inside of the Packers facility. Rodgers told reporters that he is able to throw and run without pain, but the injury is significant enough that he will need at least 1-2 days of practice before a game in order to prove to the team and himself that he can play. This means that Rodgers must be on the practice field either Thursday or Friday if he will play against the Minnesota Vikings this week or he must be able to practice on Monday or Tuesday of next week if he is going to play on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions.
This is the first news we’ve heard from Rodgers in some time about his injury. However, Rodgers did more than just update his injury. He talked very highly of Scott Tolzien and reassured all Packers fans that he believes he can lead this team to victory while Rodgers is sidelined.
Rodgers told reporters, “I’m proud of Scott, the way he’s stepped in. “Obviously, he’d like to have a couple throws back from that (New York Giants) game, but that’s typical.” He went on to say, “We’re always striving to be perfect. He’s learning on the fly. It’s quick experience for him, being thrown out there. His preparation has been very good, his approach, and I think he’s primed to have a good week.”
These are very positive words from a Pro Bowl quarterback to a guy who will be making only his second career start and his first start at Lambeau. Tolzien will certainly be putting in the work this week to better than last week, and I expect him to be much better against the Vikings. He will prepare well and cut down on mistakes. I’m sure Tolzien and Rodgers will be hanging out a lot within the next few days to try and see what they can do to help the Packers snap their three-game losing streak.