Aaron Rodgers hoping to go brace-less after Packers' bye week

-- The hope is that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could go brace-less coming out of the team's bye week.

Rodgers has been sporting a brace -- mostly of similar size to that an offensive lineman would wear -- since injuring his left knee in the Packers' season opener against the Chicago Bears.

Since using the brace to solidify his knee, Rodgers only had one setback in his recovery -- it coincidentally occurred last week against the Detroit Lions, the same week Rodgers downgraded the size of his brace to a smaller one.

Rodgers said he told team doctor Patrick McKenzie that he'd love to ditch the brace sometime before the Packers' meeting with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams in a little under two weeks.

"We’ll see how I respond [Tuesday], this week and next week. … But that would be nice to be feeling great come next week Wednesday."

The Packers get the entire week off for the bye but return to the facility on Monday to prepare for the Rams. It's their first in a stretch of games that will help pinpoint the identity of this team. They'll have road trips to Los Angeles, New England, Seattle and Minnesota all within the span of a month.

If the Packers are lucky, they'll have Rodgers at full capacity entering what could be their toughest slate of games in recent memory.

"It definitely gives him more free range," coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday regarding Rodgers' mobility without a brace. "But those are medical decisions."

Rodgers hasn't exactly been hindered in terms of mobility in recent weeks. In the fourth quarter of Monday night's win over the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers broke free for a 21-yard scramble with 43 seconds left to help set up a game-winning field goal.

The only evident factors that have been plaguing Rodgers in his recovery from the knee injury have come after games are already over when soreness kicks in. But his ability to take snaps under center or even maneuver throughout the pocket looks significantly improved compared to where it was at this time last month.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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4thand1's picture

October 16, 2018 at 08:12 pm

I remember when I got my braces off, it was fun to eat corn on the cob again.

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4thand10's picture

October 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

I see what you did there. :-)

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Jordan's picture

October 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm

That's not the way I remember it. My recollection is that your braces fell off when you were running from some bullies. Jenny was yelling at you to "Run 4th and 1 Run"

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

October 16, 2018 at 09:22 pm

My leg braces actually fell off when I was being chased by some guys. My girl was yelling at me to run. After that I was the fastest guy around. I hope it’s like that for Aaron.

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4thand10's picture

October 16, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Run Forest Run....

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stockholder's picture

October 16, 2018 at 10:13 pm

He still should wear it.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

October 16, 2018 at 11:15 pm

I was hoping for the title "Packers cheerleaders hoping to go bra-less after Packers bye week". Oh well, Rodgers going brace-less is ok too.

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4thand1's picture

October 17, 2018 at 07:20 am

And commando.

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October 17, 2018 at 04:03 am

Let's hope once the brace comes off AR will play his best and the Packers can turn the season around. But everything does not rest with AR. There are many aspects of the game that need to be fixed before the Packers can be successful and turn the season around. Coming from behind late in the second half will not keep winning games, especially the first few games after the bye week. The Packers must start strong, remain strong, and end strong for the whole 60 minutes of football. And this starts with the coaching and having the team prepared to go the full 60 minutes. The penalties the Packers wrap up every game are killing their chances to have more scoring opportunities. Not being able to make adjustments until late in the second half is not going to win games against playoff caliber teams. Hopefully after the bye week the Packers can turn this season around. But it has to start with the coaching before the players can make it work. Go! Pack! Go!

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October 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

Yeah, take the brace off just in time to face Suh and the Rams' D line. I'd say the Packers should add armor plating to ARod's brace. You know Suh will be going for ARod's bad leg. Better make sure Kizer is ready to go.

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