Aaron Rodgers assures that his foot will be 100 percent after rest week

The Packers’ star quarterback is confident he will be recovered from his foot injury by the Divisional Round of the playoffs

GREEN BAY — This could be the last time anyone hears about the foot of Aaron Rodgers.

The field marshal of the Green Bay Packers made it seem like the injury in its little toe It won’t be a problem in the playoffs. A sign came this week when Rodgers participated in the first of two practices the team will have during its bye week in the postseason

It wasn’t until last week that he even practiced more than a day since he fractured the little toe of his left foot in early November while in quarantine due to COVID-19.

Rodgers, who had been receiving painkiller injections during games, said he hasn’t needed them recently. The last reference he made to an injection was after the game against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day, when he said his finger was stepped on in the first half. “I took care of that at halftime and obviously he felt better,” he said after the game.

“I have not received a [inyección] in several weeks, so that’s been the most encouraging,” he said. Rodgers. “I spent the last week without injecting. It was just a fairly small dose in the finger, very painful, an anesthetic agent. It helped me in games. The goal was not to need it. It’s been several games without doing it. So I feel good I practiced today, close to 100 percent, but I think I should be 100 percent next week.”

Rodgers he only played the first half of Sunday’s final regular-season game against the Detroit Lions, a 37-30 loss that didn’t impact the team’s playoff seeding. packers. The team had already secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC the previous week. Head coach Matt LaFleur scheduled practices this past week Wednesday and Thursday and will give the players the weekend to rest. They may not know their Divisional Round opponent until Monday night after the Divisional Round game.

Rodgers He said his goal this week is simple.

“Rest,” he pointed. “Rest. I mean, I’m about to go home and what time is it, 12:22 [de la tarde]? That is nice. So I’m going to enjoy the break. I’m sure a lot of people, I hope it’s not just me, I still have a bit of a messy house after Christmas and New Years, and it’s the end of the season, so you don’t have time for that. So I’m going to clean my house, I’m going to rest, I’m going to read some books and I’m going to relax. That’s what I’m going to do this week.”

As expected, the packers they had linebacker Za’Darius Smith back in practice Wednesday for the first time since he underwent back surgery after the season opener. He participated in all drills during the portion of practice open to the press. He has only played 18 snaps this season in the first year of coordinator Joe Barry’s defense.

“We’re just trying to put him in a position where we feel comfortable, where not only can he go out there and compete at a high level, but he also hasn’t really been in the system beyond Game 1,” LaFleur said. “So we have to make sure that he understands his responsibility in the job first of all because as we’ve seen so many times over the course of the season, when we have all 11 guys on the same page fulfilling their responsibilities and performing their roles, I think our defense can be very good. And if you have an undisciplined game, then they’re going to beat you. I think we just want to re-acclimate him in practice and see how it all fits together before we come up with our plan. Luckily, we not only have this week but we also have the next one to keep you updated, so to speak.”

Another offensive lineman, right tackle Billy Turner, returned to practice. He hasn’t played in a month, first for one injury in the knee and later by COVID. This comes after center Josh Myers and left tackle David Bakhtiari for the final game of the regular season. However, Bakhtiari did not practice Wednesday due to what the team described as “load management” from his reconstructed left knee.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who left last week’s game for a injury on the back, he didn’t practice Wednesday, however, fellow catcher Randall Cobb continued his bid to come back from abdominal surgery by practicing again and appears to be on track to return for the playoff opener.