Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still not all the way back to full health after suffering a knee sprain back in Week 1. But Bill Belichick begs to differ based on what he’s seen.
In watching some film of Rodgers ahead of their big Sunday Night Football showdown, the New England Patriots head coach believes Rodgers doesn’t seem to be slowed down by that knee issue based on how he’s moved on the field.
“I’d just watch the end of the San Francisco game,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Friday per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I think that will take care of that for you. Yeah, he looks healthy to me. If he’s got more left, then that’s even worse, but he’s plenty athletic, is moving well. I mean, they’re having a hard time catching him and tackling him. So, maybe it can get better, I don’t know, but it still looks pretty good.”
The fact that Rodgers was wearing a bulky brace on his knee didn’t stop him from dashing off for a crucial 21-yard scramble late in that amazing come-from-behind win over the 49ers. Belichick was referring to that play as evidence that Rodgers has been able to move just fine despite his knee still not being 100 percent.
Knowing Belichick, he will likely be preparing his Patriots defense for the healthy-looking Rodgers’ potential runs on Sunday night. That will be just one of many things they must prepare to stop the Packers quarterback.