GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It would have been a major long shot for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to practice on Friday, so it should not have been a big surprise that he was a spectator once again.
Given that Rodgers said earlier this week that he needs to practice two days before the game in order for him to return, he almost certainly will be ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Those designations are due out after practice.
A return to the practice field only 18 days after his broken collarbone would have been an accelerated timeline and even a return next week for the Thanksgiving game at the Detroit Lions might be too much for the Packers to hope for.
Of a more immediate concern might be the health of the secondary. Cornerback Micah Hyde did not return to practice on Friday from the groin injury that caused him to be added to the injury report on Thursday.
Without cornerbacks Casey Hayward (hamstring), Sam Shields (hamstring) and James Nixon (knee), the Packers were down to just three available players at that position. It also would force them to adjust their nickel and dime defensive packages.