Betting odds hedging against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers playing Week 2
Since the Green Bay Packers grabbed an impressive comeback win over the Chicago Bears in the season opener, most of the national attention has been on the knee injury star quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered prior to the comeback.
Despite a belief earlier in the week that Rodgers would take the field against the Minnesota Vikings this upcoming Sunday, that seems less certain now. According to BetDSI, Rodgers is actually favored not to play. Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:
BetDSI has Rodgers at minus-350 to miss Sunday’s game against the Vikings, and at plus-280 to suit up and perform with an impaired leg.
Rodgers has yet to practice whilereceiving rehab work on the side to better treat his injury. Meanwhile, head coach Mike McCarthy stated there is essentially no guarantee that the two-time league MVP will be able to take the field against the Vikings.
However, Rodgers has voiced nothing but confidence about being able to play in the game, stating that he doesn’t need to practice to get ready physically and that he is improving with each passing day. There have been reports that his activity level on Saturday will be indicative of his status for the contest, as the Packers are one of the few teams that have elected to practice the day prior to their game. He was able to play in the second half last Sunday with obvious limitations, but he did throw the ball effectively while donning a small brace on his left knee.
If Rodgers is unable to give it a go, the Packers are expected to turn to DeShone Kizer to step in as the spot starter. Kizer did play in the season opener in the second quarter, completing 4-of-7 passes for 55 yards along with an interception and a fumble.