Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #12
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Cleared to play

Rodgers (toe) won't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rodgers didn't practice at all this week, instead relaying the calls to backup QB Jordan Love during Friday's session, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Shortly thereafter, coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that Rodgers will play through a broken toe again, while teammates Aaron Jones (knee) and Allen Lazard (shoulder) are listed as questionable after missing Week 11.

Nov 26, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Not practicing Thursday

Rodgers (toe) wasn't in attendance for Thursday's practice and will be listed as a non-participant on the Packers' official report, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rodgers, who told reporters Wednesday that he's been playing through a fractured left pinkie toe for both of the Packers' last two games, was off the practice field for the second straight day. Last week, Rodgers missed the Packers' first two practices before returning to work Friday and heading into the team's eventual 34-31 loss to the Vikings without an injury designation, and the team is seemingly hopeful he follows a similar path this week. Even while playing through the painful injury, Rodgers was effective as ever in the narrow loss to Minnesota, completing 23 of 33 attempts for a season-high 385 yards and four touchdowns.

Nov 25, 2021 9:53 AM EST

Tending to broken toe

Rodgers relayed Wednesday that he's dealing with a broken toe but won't miss any game action as a result of the injury, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: At the same time the Packers activated him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to a Week 10 game against the Seahawks, Rodgers was listed with a toe injury. He hasn't practiced since he returned to Green Bay's facilities, and he finally clarified the nature of his issue during media availability Wednesday following a report he was tending to COVID toe. Rodgers suffered a fracture to his pinky toe while ramping up his activity as he attempted to gain medical clearance to play Seattle, which was discovered via X-ray. Despite the lack of practice reps in the meantime, he intends "to play every single week." Rodgers will aim to avoid a designation upon the release of Friday's injury report, as he did last week.

Nov 24, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Rodgers (toe) isn't taking part in Wednesday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In the aftermath of his time away from the field due to a positive test for COVID-19, Rodgers has been dealing with a painful toe injury that hasn't allowed him to practice. No matter, he's produced in back-to-back matchups with the Seahawks and Vikings, completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 677 yards, four touchdowns and one interception and taking four carries for 29 yards. There's a decent chance Rodgers remains away from the field this week, too, but Friday's final practice report of the week will indicate whether he enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's showdown with the Rams.

Nov 24, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Battles through toe injury

Rodgers (toe) completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Rodgers entered the contest nursing what was described as a painful toe injury, but you wouldn't have been able to tell by looking at his dominant stat line. That doesn't mean the star quarterback's toe won't be an issue moving forward, as the affected foot was stepped on before halftime. After the game Rodgers stated that the injury is "a little worse than turf toe" and will likely remain an issue until he can rest it on Green Bay's Week 13 bye, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. The 37-year-old already hinted that he is unlikely to practice this week, but it sounds like he is going to try and tough it out and suit up against the Rams next Sunday. If Rodgers is a go, his toe injury may tougher to mask against the dominant pass-rush duo of Aaron Donald and Von Miller than it was against the Vikings.

Nov 21, 2021 2:53 PM EST

Will start, despite painful injury

Rodgers remains on track to start Sunday's game against the Vikings, but he'll do so while playing through a painful toe injury that he'll likely contend with for the remainder of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rodgers appeared to pick up the injury in last week's 17-0 win over the Seahawks, after he had sat out the Packers' previous contest Week 9 against the Chiefs while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Packers withheld Rodgers from practices Wednesday and Thursday to give him a chance to heal up from the injury, and while he returned to the field Friday as a limited participant, he took only about 15 reps, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Green Bay is hopeful that its upcoming Week 13 bye will allow Rodgers to regain some health, but in the meantime, the team isn't expected to dramatically alter its game plans for the next two contests while the star signal-caller is at less than 100 percent. As is the case with most aging quarterbacks, Rodgers had already scaled back his involvement as a runner before the toe injury surfaced. He's averaging a career-low 2.8 yards per carry and has logged only 20 carries through nine outings.

Nov 21, 2021 5:48 AM EST

Removed from injury report

Rodgers (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Analysis: Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur have both already said the quarterback would start Sunday's game, despite missing practice Wednesday and Thursday. Rodgers returned Friday as a limited participant, while WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) missed another session and is listed as doubtful.

Nov 19, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Ready for start

Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Rodgers (toe) will start Sunday's game at Minnesota, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: There was never much doubt, especially after Rodgers returned to practice earlier Friday. It's his first practice since Nov. 1, as he spent time on the COVID-19 list earlier this month and then missed Wednesday and Thursday with a toe injury.

Nov 19, 2021 11:47 AM EST

Returns to practice

Rodgers (toe) returned to practice Friday and remains on track to play in Sunday's game in Minnesota, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Between a COVID-19 absence and a toe injury, Rodgers hasn't practiced since Nov. 1. He already said he'll "definitely" play in Sunday's game, and the return to practice Friday backs it up. The question now is if the Packers give him a game designation on their Friday injury report.

Nov 19, 2021 10:30 AM EST

No practice Thursday

Rodgers (toe) was a spectator at Thursday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rodgers hasn't logged an on-field practice rep since Nov. 1, the result of a stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list and a toe injury. The latter is impacting his activity level this week, but as he told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Wednesday, Rodgers is "definitely playing Sunday" in Minnesota. Whether or not Rodgers heads into the weekend with a designation remains to be seen, though.

Nov 18, 2021 11:18 AM EST

DNP due to toe injury

Rodgers didn't practice Wednesday due to a toe injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: A number of Packers veterans focus on rehab versus take part in Wednesday's walkthrough. Among them, Rodgers, Allen Lazard (shoulder) and David Bakhtiari (knee) didn't practice at all, while Davante Adams (shoulder) was limited. Afterward, Rodgers told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "I'm definitely playing Sunday" at Minnesota, all but confirming his toe issue is nothing to worry about. As a result, Rodgers is a good bet to get back on the practice field as a full participant this week, potentially as soon as Thursday.

Nov 17, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Rodgers (undisclosed) wasn't present at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rodgers made his return from a one-game absence this past Sunday against the Seahawks after a bout with COVID-19. There was no mention of an injury in the aftermath of the 17-0 win, but Demovsky hinted Rodgers could be dealing with a toe issue. Rodgers also may be getting the day off, so his listing on Wednesday's practice report will be of keen interest.

Nov 17, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Quiet but sufficient in return

Rodgers completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 292 yards and one interception against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Rodgers dealt with a couple untimely drops and seemed have trouble getting on the same page with some pass catchers -- tight end Josiah Deguara in particular -- but luckily for the Packers the opposing quarterback (Russell Wilson) was a complete mess and Green Bay was able to eventually lean on its AJ Dillon-led run game to tie up the win. Rodgers will need to be sharper at Minnesota in Week 11, but the good news is he probably will be.

Nov 14, 2021 4:46 PM EST

Officially set for Sunday

Rodgers was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and will start Sunday's contest against the Seahawks.

Analysis: No surprise here as it was reported earlier Saturday the star quarterback would be good to go in the pivotal matchup against the Seahawks. Rodgers curiously did get put on the injury report due to a toe injury despite never taking the field over the last 10 days, but since he doesn't carry any sort of game status designation, it's a comical moot point. Sunday will mark the first time Rodgers has his full assortment of wide receivers available since Week 4 after Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) returned off injured reserve in Week 9.

Nov 13, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Likely to be activated for Week 10

Rodgers is expected to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and thus will be eligible to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Packers have until 4:00 p.m. ET to activate Rodgers from the reserve/COVID-19 list, but the star quarterback evidently has passed protocols to this point and has already returned to the Packers' practice facilities Saturday. The 2020 MVP appears to be on pace to play Sunday against the Seahawks' poor secondary which would relegate Jordan Love to the bench.

Nov 13, 2021 7:50 AM EST

Appears on track for Week 10

Head coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that Rodgers (illness) has continued to take part in virtual meetings this week and remains on track to start Sunday against the Seahawks, provided the quarterback "checks out well" when eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: During his appearance Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show," Rodgers was optimistic that he would clear all COVID-19-related protocols prior to Sunday's game, and the fact that LaFleur expressed similar sentiments is a reassuring sign. Even so, due to his status as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus, Rodgers will need to continue to test negative for the virus and exhibit no symptoms Saturday -- his 10th day on the list -- in order to play the following day. Rodgers said Tuesday that he's gradually ramped up his conditioning work while he's been away from the team, and the lack of on-field practice reps in advance of the game against Seattle should hinder him less from a preparation standpoint compared to a more inexperienced player. In the event Rodgers experiences a setback in his recovery from the virus and isn't able to play this weekend, backup Jordan Love will keep himself prepared to make a second straight start.

Nov 11, 2021 10:50 AM EST

Confident in playing Week 10

Rodgers (illness) said Tuesday during his appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show" that he's confident he'll clear all necessary COVID-19 protocols in order to play Sunday against the Seahawks. "I believe there's a health hurdle -- movement, sweating and getting into it and making sure my body, especially my heart -- is fine with physical exertion," Rodgers said, when asked about any potential barriers to him playing this weekend.

Analysis: Since Rodgers is following the protocol for unvaccinated players, he won't be eligible to return to the Packers' facility any earlier than Saturday, 10 days after he initially tested positive for the virus. Based on Rodgers' comments, he doesn't seem to be exhibiting any symptoms of the virus, but in order to be eligible to play, he'll still need to turn in consecutive negative test results at least 24 hours apart by the end of the 10-day period. Because of the timing of his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Rodgers won't be able to take part in practice this week, but he'll continue to stay on top of the Packers' game plan virtually while gradually picking up the intensity of his conditioning work during his final days of quarantine. In the meantime, Jordan Love will take the first-team reps in practice and keep prepared to make his second start this weekend in the event Rodgers doesn't clear the protocol before Sunday's game.

Nov 9, 2021 11:30 AM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list

The Packers will place Rodgers on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: After playing without Davante Adams due to a positive test for the virus last Thursday in Arizona, Green Bay will be without one of its other top playmakers Week 9 for the same reason. Coach Matt LaFleur mentioned Wednesday that Rodgers "won't be available this week" and doesn't know how long the quarterback will be sidelined. In Rodgers' place, second-year QB Jordan Love will receive his first career start Sunday at Kansas City, and with Kurt Benkert (undisclosed) on the practice squad COVID-19 list the Packers are expected to sign Blake Bortles, who will be elevated from the practice squad to the active roster in advance of game day.

Nov 3, 2021 11:02 AM EST

Out Week 9, could miss Week 10, too

Rodgers (illness), who won't be eligible to play Sunday against the Chiefs after informing teammates Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, could also be at risk of missing the Packers' Week 10 game against the Seahawks on Nov. 14 due to his status as an unvaccinated player, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garofolo of NFL Network report.

Analysis: Though Rodgers told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com and other Green Bay media Aug. 26 that he was "immunized," that apparently didn't equate to him being vaccinated. Per NFL COVID-19 protocols, unvaccinated players who test positive for the virus are required to complete a 10-day isolation period and aren't eligible to return until they're no longer exhibiting symptoms. Assuming Wednesday counts as the first day of Rodgers' isolation period, he won't be cleared to rejoin the team before at least Sat., Nov. 13, one day prior to the Packers' matchup with the Seahawks. While the lack of practice reps beforehand isn't an ideal scenario, the Packers would presumably still be comfortable having Rodgers start Week 10 if he does in fact clear the necessary protocols in the minimum amount of the time. With Rodgers out for at least this Sunday's game in Kansas City, however, 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love will make his first career regular-season start in place of the NFL's reigning MVP.

Nov 3, 2021 8:13 AM EST

Positive for COVID, out Week 9

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Packers have yet to officially confirm the report, but Rodgers will more than likely be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Wednesday. Second-year signal-caller Jordan Love is expected to handle the first-team reps in practice this week and make his first NFL start in place of Rodgers in Kansas City.

Nov 3, 2021 7:53 AM EST

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