Aaron Rodgers experienced a setback last week on a hit in the Green Bay Packers' loss at Detroit and could go back to a bulky brace on his balky left knee for Monday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Rodgers, injured in the opening half of a Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears, has been playing through the injury and only recently ramped up to multiple practices per week.
On a hit from Lions linebacker Christian Jones, Rodgers took a step back on the health front. He'll test braces this week but doesn't want to return to the immobilizing, oversized brace.
"I hope not," Rodgers said. "The goal would be to wear the same brace I wore last week, but I have a lot of faith in our training staff and we're going to put the brace we feel is most safe and allowing me to do exactly what I'm able to do on Monday."
Rodgers, admitting the knee was the issue, did not participate in Thursday's practice. But he felt he had a productive day on the rehab front under the guidance of coordinator of rehabilitation Nate Weir.
"Got to be in the rehab group again today, got a lot of good work in with Nate and just hoping I get back out there tomorrow and have a feel-good Friday and a practice and be good to go," Rodgers said. "Hopefully back to where I was in Detroit."
Where he was in Detroit was 442 yards and three TD passes playing with a decimated wide receiver group. That, too, is about to change.
Randall Cobb hasn't played since Week 3 but was a participant in Thursday's practice -- an improvement from last week -- and could be ready to test his hamstring injury on Friday.
Geronimo Allison (concussion) was also back on the field and Davante Adams (calf) is expected to be full-go for the 49ers on Monday night.
"I told you guys Week 1 it's going to be a work in progress; I don't think we're far off," Rodgers said. "I feel kind of like after Washington a couple of years ago.
We are very close to getting things going and like I said then and I'll say again now, I feel like if we can get off to a better start on offence, it makes the entire squad play with a different type of confidence. We need to lead from the front as an offence and as a team and give our defence an opportunity to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback and make them a little more one-dimensional."
--Field Level Media
(With inputs from agencies.)