The Green Bay Packers were missing a pretty important piece at practice on Sunday, their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The news was somewhat of a concern due to the fact that Rodgers had been expected to make his return to practice after previously being held out with what is believed to be a relatively minor back issue.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky was able to confirm that it was the very same back issue that had kept Rodgers out of practice this time, although the good news here is that it does not sound like Packers' fans should be too concerned about the situation. Demovsky caught up with Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on Sunday and asked him about the health of his star quarterback. Rodgers had previously missed a preseason game and LaFleur was asked if Rodgers would have played had this taken place during the regular season, the head coach all but confirmed he would have.
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure that would be the case," LaFleur as per ESPN. "I think even the other night ... but with it being the preseason, it wasn't worth it."
It sounds like one way or another though fans will get the chance to see Rodgers play in the preseason, although it may not come until the very end of this month. Asked if Rodgers could potentially play in the Packers final preseason game of the season on August 29th, LaFleur admitted that he might need to put him in just to give him some time in a live game prior to the regular season.
"Yeah, that's something maybe we'd consider, but with the way our opener falls on Thursday, I don't know," LaFleur said. "I mean, I'd have to put more thought into that. right now, I'm just kind of taking it day by day to see where we're at."
Day by day seems to be how the Packers are currently dealing with this, with LaFleur listing Rodgers as "day to day" as a result of this back issue. Asked if he was concerned about the possibility of this being a recurring issue for Rodgers moving forward, the head coach gave the same answer every Packer fan would give.
"Knock on wood, I hope it's not."
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