The annual Vikings-Packers matchup at Lambeau Field is coming up Sunday, and once again the health of Aaron Rodgers is an issue.
The Packers have not revealed the exact nature of Rodgers’ injury suffered Sunday night against the Bears, nor whether he will in fact play against the Vikings on Sunday. But Dr. David Chao, a sports medicine physician often consulted for video analysis of football injuries, seems to think it’s a mild, grade 1 or 2, MCL sprain, which could limit his mobility for up to a month, but not prevent him from playing.
.@AaronRodgers12 is back for 2nd half. No big ACL type brace but appears to have a hinged sleeve with metal stays on side like would be used with a mild MCL sprain. pic.twitter.com/0UcOepjn01— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) September 10, 2018
The link to the story provides more detail and basis for his prognosis, which if accurate would indicate that Rodgers would likely play against the Vikings, but not be as mobile.
Given that the Packers have yet to acquire a decent backup QB to Rodgers, it being a home game and the Vikings being the Packers’ chief rival to the division crown this year, I’m betting on #12 being on the field Sunday.
But he may not be as deadly outside the pocket as he normally is, and he may be more susceptible to a strong pass rush.
We’ll see how it unfolds.