Rodgers concerned knee issue will get worse

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is slated to practice on Saturday, just as he did last week in getting ready to play with his injured left knee.

"If you've seen (the movie) 'Rocky III, ' you know Clubber Lang has a prediction before the fight: 'Pain, '" Rodgers said with a smile on Wednesday. "Hopefully it goes the other way though", Rodgers would tell ESPN's Rob Demovsky on Wednesday. The Packers (1-0-1) also look for lucky number two this weekend after they followed up a one-point Week 1 win over the Bears with a Week 2 29-29 tie with former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.

"That just depends on how my knee's feeling", Rodgers told the team's website. Rodgers was due to focus on rehab on Thursday.

"I'd love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise, but there's some factors that are out of my control". Thompson is going to be a nightmare and might force Green Bay to use more defensive backs when he's on the field but him catching a bunch of passes isn't the end of the world.

The concern is that this Aaron Rodgers injury will worsen over the next few weeks.

Rodgers threw everything he had at them in the second half, ending the game with 265 passing yards and two touchdowns. Buffalo is 29th in fantasy points allowed per game against opposing backs, making Cook a tempting play, but don't be surprised if the Vikings play the long-term game and make Murray an intriguing flex option. Rodgers can play in games without much practice; that's not the issue.

"The heat and the adrenaline definitely helped, but it's just going to be something you've got to deal with for a while", Rodgers said.

Rodgers expects to be dealing with the knee injury for a while, but doesn't now seem to be in any danger of not playing.

But he still had a strong performance Sunday against a stout Vikings defense, hitting on 30-of-42 pass attempts for 281 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. I'm not exactly concerned they'll keep this one within a field goal. "It's interesting they released it as of [Monday] trying to get ahead of this whole situation". However, the Packers converted just one of five red zone trips into touchdowns.

"I'm a traditionalist", Rodgers said.

All week long I have been talking about the matchup between the Packers stout three-man front of nose tackle Kenny Clark and ends Mike Daniels and Muhammad Wilkerson against the Redskins' patchwork interior offensive line.

Cornerback Kevin King was ruled out Friday with a groin injury.