Packers' McCarthy noncommittal on Rodgers' status against Vikings
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday "no decision has been made" about whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to play Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
"We're still collecting all the information on his specific situation," McCarthy told reporters. "I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play, but that's all I have for right now."
Rodgers said in his postgame interview Sunday night on NBC that he would play vs. the Vikings, against whom he broke his collarbone last year.
Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter of Sunday night's opener against the Chicago Bears with a left knee injury, but he returned after halftime to lead a 20-point comeback victory, despite putting little weight on his left leg. He closed the game with four consecutive scoring drives, completing the largest fourth-quarter comeback (17 points) in franchise history.
McCarthy told reporters Monday that he and the offensive coaches were preparing for backup DeShone Kizer to finish Sunday night's game before finding out near the end of halftime that Rodgers was cleared to play.
Kizer, who arrived via trade this offseason, went 4 for 7 for 55 yards and an interception (which was returned for a touchdown) in limited work in the second quarter.
Rodgers, who missed nine games last season because of the broken collarbone, recently signed a record four-year, $134 million extension with $100 million in guarantees. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears.