GREEN BAY – That flu bug that’s been working its way around the Green Bay Packers locker room has finally gotten quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
While Rodgers insisted during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com on Thursday that he isn’t suffering from the one that KO’d much of the offensive line a few weeks ago and Randall Cobb this week, he was clearly under the weather on Thursday.
“I know this sickness thing is going around. I didn’t get the real bad stuff that some of the guys have that had to go home – not that I would have been able to go home anyway if I was feeling horrendous,” Rodgers said with a smile. “They wouldn’t have sent me home. ‘Contagious? Nah, we’ll leave him out there. Yeah, he’s fine.’
“I’m hoping with a couple of good nights of sleep I will be 100 percent.”
Rodgers’ illness was not enough to force the Packers to add him to the injury report. He practiced in full all three days.
“I’m not worried about me being sick, I have some good medicine and I’m feeling good, better,” he said. “A couple days ago, I didn’t feel good at all, but I’m feeling progressively better.”
Cobb, meanwhile, returned to practice on a limited basis but was coughing as he walked out of the locker room Thursday afternoon.
Here is the full, official injury report for both teams, who don’t need to post designations until Friday:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was encouraged by what he saw from Cobb and also was pleased with Nelson’s progress.
“Randall is still under the weather but he’s going to go. I don’t have any questions about that,” McCarthy said. “It was important for Randall to get out there and practice. It was important for our whole football team to get outside today. It was nice to see the sun this week. It was a beautiful day.”
As for Nelson, who ran hard on his troublesome ankle, McCarthy said, “We had a period of the last eight plays of the game, particularly vertical routes. The down and distance, third downs, that type of thing. He had two vertical balls. I thought Jordy looked pretty good.”
Nelson is clearly frustrated by his bum injury luck, and while he won’t be 100 percent, is fully expected to play.
“I’ve been in the training room too much this year. I want to practice as much as possible,” Nelson said. “But you have to make sure you’re ready to go come game time and that’s what we were able to do.”
McCarthy said Boykin, who suffered an ankle injury Dec. 30 at Minnesota, is “getting better. We saw the injury at Minnesota. We felt fortunate that he didn’t sustain a very serious injury just based on the position of his body. But he’s getting better. He’s not going to be ready this week.”
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