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Rodgers says calf injury is ‘signficant’


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers isn’t in a rush to resume playing.

Thankfully for Rodgers and the postseason prospects for the Green Bay Packers, they are sitting out the first round of the playoffs this weekend.

Rodgers revealed on his weekly ESPN Wisconsin radio show this week that the latest injury to his left calf is “significant.” Consequently, Rodgers suggested the earliest he will be back on the field is next week when Green Bay ramps up preparations for its divisional round game against an opponent to be determined on Jan. 11 at Lambeau Field.

Plenty of rest and recovery has been prescribed for Rodgers during the Packers’ bye week. He reinjured the calf, albeit in a different location, in their 30-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday that clinched a fourth straight NFC North title and the No. 2 playoff seed.

“He’s going to give me as much time off as I need, working up to (the next game),” Rodgers said of coach Mike McCarthy. “But I’m going to want to get some on-the-field reps starting next week when we get in our preparation once we figure out who are opponent is this weekend.”

Provided the sixth-seeded Lions don’t upset the No. 3 Dallas Cowboys on the road Sunday, Green Bay will play Dallas the following week. A Lions win would send them to top-seeded Seattle, and the Packers would get the survivor of Saturday’s first-round matchup between No. 4 Carolina and No. 5 Arizona.

Based on Rodgers’ comments, he won’t be in practice Friday and Saturday, when the Packers will be back together after having most of this week off.

“So I’m going to need to be on the field doing that,” Rodgers said of getting the work in practice next week. “But it’s a significant injury, so you can’t really say what percentage it’s going to be in the game. I just don’t know, but I hope it’s going to be feeling better than it was last weekend.”

A week after straining the left calf in Green Bay’s lopsided win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and continuing to play in that game, Rodgers fell to the turf after throwing a short touchdown pass on the run to Randall Cobb late in the first half Sunday. After being helped off the field, he was taken on a cart to the locker room to have the calf examined at halftime.

Team doctor Pat McKenzie determined Rodgers suffered this injury in a different spot than his initial setback.

“The inside (of the calf) was real weak because that was the initial point of strain in the Tampa game, then the outside just kind of gave out on the scramble throw to Randall,” Rodgers said.

McKenzie cleared Rodgers to re-enter the game midway through the third quarter, right after the Lions tied the score at 14.

Rodgers said he didn’t require a pain injection in the lower left leg before going back in. Instead, a tight tape job and a heating pad allowed him to resume playing and lead the Packers to the pivotal win.

“(It’s) fortunate we have two weeks here because I feel confident that I’ll be in a better spot than I was going into the Lions game with just a week of rest,” said Rodgers, who was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

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