Green Bay QB Rodgers working out with rehabbing players

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Rodgers injured the knee during the second quarter of Green Bay's 24-23 win over the Bears in Week 1, a game where he engineered a 20-point comeback in the second half.

Vikings safety Harrison Smith, fresh off an NFC North Player of the Week award, knows just how hard it is going up against Rodgers.

Instead, he did rehab work on the side and extensive exercises with the medical staff inside the stadium. "So we'll take it day by day and learn as we go".

Rehabbing on Wednesday was not a setback, McCarthy said.

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So it's understandable why Zimmer and the Vikings think Rodgers will play.

The general theme from both Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy as that they're taking the process of his rehabilitation one day at a time. "He'll be given the whole week to get ready". Typically, players need to practice throughout the week in order to be eligible to play on game day. He also had a cleanup procedure on the knee a few years ago by the Packers team doctor. There were a couple throws in which Rodgers said he got a "jolt" of pain after putting weight on his left leg.

McCarthy said he is encouraged that Rodgers will be with the rehabilitation group, but stopped short of saying the team's franchise quarterback would be able to practice the rest of the week.

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