GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers “looked pretty good” in his return to practice on Monday, according to Head Coach Matt LaFleur.
More important, according to Rodgers, he “felt pretty good,” too.
Rodgers certainly hopes the highly cautious approach taken with the tightness in his back, which was to sit out last Thursday’s preseason game in Baltimore and Sunday’s practice, has put the unexpected ailment behind him. His back started bothering him last Wednesday, and several days of rest and treatment have it feeling much better.
He looked no worse for wear at Ray Nitschke Field on Monday, taking his usual reps with the No. 1 offense in a competitive third-down period and in some no-huddle and two-minute work. The operation looked much more crisp than it did Sunday in his absence.
“You could definitely feel his energy,” LaFleur said. “It was evident.”
As for whether Rodgers would get his first preseason action of 2019 on Thursday in Winnipeg against the Raiders, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said Monday he’d like to see him play, but he wouldn’t be overly worried if he didn’t. LaFleur remained noncommittal as well as unconcerned.
Rodgers echoed that, reiterating thoughts he’s expressed in the past about the greater value of practice, when Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is challenging him and the offense schematically to a much greater degree than preseason opponents will. That’s exactly what Pettine did in an entire period of third-down passing situations Monday, which was the highlight of the workout.