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Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers playing against Vikings ‘no layup’

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated on Thursday that it’s not a lock that Aaron Rodgers will play in the team’s critical divisional showdown with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

“This is no layup,” McCarthy said Thursday morning, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “That’s why it’s a day-to-day situation.”

Rodgers is not expected to practice on Thursday and mainly has been doing off-the-field preparation while doing light rebab work on the field. DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle have been taking every snap in practice.

“You’ve got two types of environments to prepare you for games — you’ve got the classroom environment and you have obviously the practice environment,” McCarthy said. “So with him in the rehab group, he’s full bore ahead in the classroom and all the different meetings. Today’s a very heavy situational day, so that’s where his involvement is.”

Rodgers indicated on Wednesday he suffered a “sprained” knee in the first half of last Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers quarterback of course returned in the second half to engineer a thrilling, come-from-behind 24-23 victory, although his mobility was severely compromised.

That said, Rodgers on Sunday gave every assurance he intends to suit up on Sunday and expande

“You hate that you’re dealing with something like this in the first week, but you feel similar to this Week 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,” Rodgers said on Wednesday. “If you’re fortunate to stay healthy the entire season you’re going to get banged up at some point. Obviously, I’ve dealt with foot injuries, calf injuries, hamstring, you know, lower extremities and played with it, so hopefully, I’ll be able to be back out there Sunday.”

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, whether it’s gamesmanship or otherwise, one unidentified Packers player has no doubt either the team leader will be playing against the Vikings.

“The vibe feels like he’s going to try (to play),” the player told ESPN.