Aaron Rodgers Suffers a Setback and His Injured Knee Could Need a Bigger Brace

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Aaron Rodgers Suffers a Setback and His Injured Knee Could Need a Bigger Brace

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There has been a hiccup in the recovery process for Aaron Rodgers as he tries to play through the knee injury suffered in his Week 1 win against the Bears.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that Rodgers might have to revert to using a bigger, bulkier brace to protect his left knee starting as early as Monday’s game against the 49ers. This development comes after Rodgers suffered a jarring hit at the hands of Lions linebacker Christian Jones on the team’s first drive.

Here’s the play in which Rodgers re-aggravated the injury:

Rodgers would go on to throw for 442 yards and three touchdowns, but the possibility of re-aggravating the injury looms with each hit he takes.

“Yeah, kind of a setback last week, the beginning of the week,” Rodgers said. “Got to be in the rehab group again (Thursday), got a lot of good work in with [assistant trainer] Nate [Weir] and just hoping I get back out there tomorrow and have a feel-good Friday and a practice [Sunday] and be good to go — hopefully back to where I was in Detroit.”

Rodgers hopes he won’t have to use a bigger brace, adding that his goal was to wear the lighter brace he wore against the Lions. However, Rodgers hedged and said “I have a lot of faith in our training staff and we’re going to (use) the brace we feel is most safe and allowing me to do exactly what I’m able to do on Monday.”

Because Rodgers practiced on Friday, there is no cloud of uncertainty hanging over his playing status entering Week 6 like there was immediately after injuring his knee. Rodgers is going to play, but missing practices earlier in the week and being limited to working with the rehab group (just as he did ahead of Week 2) is still a minor concern and a reminder that knee injury isn’t going anywhere any time soon.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.