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Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers' injury: 'We're not going to change anything'

1/9/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This much was known on Friday about Aaron Rodgers' calf injury: It was no worse off after he practiced on Thursday afternoon.

As expected, coach Mike McCarthy listed the Green Bay Packers quarterback as probable for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

"Aaron Rodgers came through the practice with everything OK [and] feels good today," McCarthy said Friday. "Obviously we're not practicing today, but he's progressing forward, and I feel he will be available for the game."

On Thursday, McCarthy said Rodgers took about 50 to 60 percent of the snaps during 11-on-11 periods. The Packers will hold one more practice on Saturday morning, but McCarthy did not say how much Rodgers would participate. Even though they don't practice on Fridays, they are required to estimate what Rodgers' participation level would have been, and they listed him as limited.

Expect to see Rodgers in the shotgun or pistol for most of, if not all, the game in order to limit the amount of stress he has to put on his lower leg. Rodgers became almost exclusively a pocket passer following the injury in Tampa Bay in Week 16 and when he reinjured it during the regular-season finale against Detroit.

"He has that experience," McCarthy said. "It's been talked about. We have a game plan. He looks like he's moving fine to me right now. We're not going to change anything or our approach of how we want to attack Dallas' defense."

That the injury is to Rodgers' left leg also makes it a bit less concerning. As ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell wrote, Rodgers' plant leg -- the one he uses to drive the ball when he throws -- is unaffected.

"It's better than a right calf [injury]," Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. "As your plant foot, your right foot, it takes a lot of the pressure … anytime you have an injury to your plant leg, it's difficult to drop."

Tight end Brandon Bostick (illness) was removed from the injury report.

Here's the full report:

Questionable

S Sean Richardson (knee)

Probable

DE Josh Boyd (knee)

CB Davon House (shoulder)

QB Aaron Rodgers (calf)

G Josh Sitton (toe)