Aaron Rodgers Injury Update: Back at Packers Practice, Looks to Play

Mike OsterbergCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2010

The Packers are hoping Aaron Rodgers is able to take the field this Sunday
The Packers are hoping Aaron Rodgers is able to take the field this SundayWin McNamee/Getty Images

Green Bay, Wisconsin breathed a sigh of relief today as Aaron Rodgers took the field to practice with his teammates. 

Rodgers sustained what has been described as a mild concussion on a hit from Washington Redskins defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the waning moments of their Week 5 matchup.

The helmet-to-helmet hit looked to be of the illegal variety, but the referee thought otherwise.

In any case, he's at least been cleared to participate in non-contact drills, which should help him to maintain his timing with his receivers. 

The Packers would love nothing more than to see Rodgers lead the team onto the field come Sunday; he's one of the most prolific passers in the league, and he leads one of the most potent offenses in the NFC.

With injuries to running back Ryan Grant, tight end Jermichael Finley and linebacker Nick Barnett that will likely cost the three of them their seasons, the Packers are ill-equipped to handle an injury at another important position.

Rodgers has started 37 consecutive games since taking over for Brett Favre to start the 2008 season, establishing his own, albeit much shorter than his predecessor's, iron man legacy.

The last quarterback to start a game for the Packers not named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers: Don "Majik Man" Majkowski. 

In 1992.

Needless to say, the Packers aren't used to shuffling quarterbacks in and out of the lineup. That being said, Rodgers wants to be on the field more than anyone. He is a true warrior who never misses games and never makes excuses.

In the event of an unforeseen setback, Matt Flynn will be called into action to guide the Packers in their home game against the Dolphins this weekend.

Flynn, the starting quarterback of the 2008 BCS National Champion LSU Tigers, has seen little action in his three-year NFL career. While he isn't the worst option at backup quarterback, he's certainly no Aaron Rodgers.

Expect Rodgers to take the field Sunday. If he has been cleared to practice, it's very likely that he is cleared to play Sunday as well. They'll need him going up against a solid Miami Dolphin team. 

Concussions have been a major story this season with guys like Kevin Kolb and Jay Cutler going down due to head injuries. 

Rodgers seems to have beaten the timetable of two weeks that has been standard this season, and you can bet that makes Mike McCarthy a very happy man.