GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers was back running the first-team offense, and defensive tackle B.J. Raji was back on the field, making the news on the Green Bay Packers’ injury front quite good Thursday.
Here’s a look at the official injury report in advance of the Packers’ game Sunday at St. Louis:
Raji, who had not practiced since suffering the ankle injury against Indianapolis on Oct. 7 and did not play last Sunday night at Houston, could be in line to play against the Rams if Friday’s exam is positive.
“B.J. definitely took a step today, as far as going through the rehab and practicing,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “As always, when the player does come back for the first day, the examination tomorrow obviously will be very important. But it was good to have him out there.”
Rodgers, meanwhile, took all the first-team reps after backup quarterback Graham Harrell filled in for him on Wednesday. McCarthy said he and Rodgers discussed the practice plan in the morning and Rodgers said he felt it was important for him to take part. McCarthy said Rodgers had a “good” practice.
“He’s been getting a lot of treatment. Just talking to him this morning, he wanted to go today, felt it was important to get on it and see where he was,” McCarthy said. “Once we started practicing he said he felt like he needed to take all the reps, and he did.”
Rodgers had played without practicing before – during a non-throwing shoulder injury in 2008 – but offensive coordinator Tom Clements said the work was important.
“He went through a stretch a couple years ago where he couldn’t practice and played in the games and played and played well. But you don’t want to make a living doing that,” Clements said. “It’s important to stay on a routine as well as in practice during the week. It keeps you sharp physically obviously but it keeps you sharp mentally, having to do that every day.”
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