Bears are skeptical of Aaron Rodgers' injury
The Chicago Bears aren't buying what Aaron Rodgers is selling.
The Green Bay Packers held quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of practice on both Wednesday and Thursday this week due to a calf injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, but the Chicago Bears aren't exactly buying it.
“I have a funny story about Aaron Rodgers,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. “[I’m with the Saints] in 2014 and he pulled his hamstring in the Superdome and then ran the ball in for a touchdown later in the game. I don’t put anything past the guy."
Rodgers said he suffered the injury on the third play against the Seahawks but still managed to completed 18 of his 23 passing attempts for 246 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“He never looked like he was off to me," said Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio about Rodgers' performance in Week 14.
Even though the former MVP is nursing his injury, Hicks knows the team has to be smart about how they approach him on Sunday at Soldier Field.
“I’m a logical guy,” Hicks said. “We all know Aaron Rodgers is one of the better quarterbacks in this league. He can throw on the run. He can sit in the pocket, take the hit, and deliver the ball. He has pretty much every intangible you can ask for in a quarterback. I think the best thing to do when you are playing a quarterback like that is not let him hold you back. You don’t let him get you offside with a snap count. You can’t play scared. You have to go in there and attack him–just like every quarterback in the league.”
The Packers have surrendered 26 sacks this season, 12th fewest in the NFL this season, but the Bears will have to rattled Rodgers on Sunday to force him to move around on his injured calf.
Chicago may not believe Rodgers' injury is as bad as it is made out to be, but either way, the Bears will need to capitalize on a less than 100 percent Rodgers Sunday afternoon.
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