Packers teammates say Rodgers’ presence is a ‘boost’

Tramon Williams didn’t even see Aaron Rodgers enter practice. He was taking part in a team drill, facing the offense, when a ball zipped through the air for a touchdown.

That spiral, that speed, that throw could only be from one person.

“He looked good,” the cornerback said. “He made some great throws as always and hopefully he can get out there and be even better on Sunday.”

Due to the calf injury, Rodgers did not take part in the individual drills – the only portion the media was present for – but he was able to participate in team drills laters on Thursday. It was the first time Rodgers was back on the field in any capacity since the clinching the NFC North more than a week ago. He only took 50-60% for the repetitions and just his presence inspired his teammates.

“He’s our leader – not only of the offense but of our whole team,” guard T.J. Lang admitted Thursday. “Any time you can get him back you can definitely tell it’s a boost to the rest of the team knowing that he’s going through some things but he’s fighting through some pain to be out there with his teammates.”

The first team All-Pro quarterback has been adamant that the on-field practice time isn’t important to sustaining the offenses’ rhythm. He’s also resolute in the fact that he will play against Dallas – the calf injury won’t stop him from the postseason push.

“He’s our MVP on the team and he’s going to get us to where we want to go so we obviously need him this week,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “That’s what you like to see in your quarterback, a warrior.”

Rodgers’ impact will be felt on Sunday, but it may be just as vital to his teammates that he was there will them on a Thursday.


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