Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was last seen hobbling around on one leg, shredding the Dallas Cowboys defense to the tune of 316 yards and three touchdown passes during Green Bay’s 26-21 victory in the NFC Divisional Playoff.
Rodgers played the game with a significant left calf injury and members of the Seattle Seahawks have taken notice, but say they expect Rodgers and the rest of the Packers to be at full capacity when the teams meet for the NFC Championship on Sunday in Seattle.
"I’m not buying into this leg issue,” safety Earl Thomas said to the New York Daily News. “I saw him scramble close to the goal line on the Cowboys, so he's not fooling me with that. I'm not falling into that.”
“We’re going to treat him like he’s and healthy and 100 percent," added linebacker K.J. Wright. “I expect them to run the similar plays that they have in the past. We know he’s a little banged up, but he looked just fine to me in that last game.”
Rodgers was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the MVP candidate went through drills and is expected to play on Sunday.
Safety Kam Chancellor said that even though Rodgers was not running around against the Cowboys, he can still be effective throwing from the pocket.
“That's the mentality you've got to have,” Chancellor said. “I'm not really concerned with his hobbly or wobbly calf, whatever. I’m concerned about Aaron Rodgers.”
The last time the teams played was in Week 1 of the regular season, a 36-16 victory by Seattle, which held Rodgers to only 189 yards passing and sacked him three times.
- Scooby Axson