Aaron Rodgers didn't practice Wednesday because of a lingering left calf injury. The quarterback left no doubt about his plans for Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host the Dallas Cowboys.
"No, I'm going Sunday," Rodgers said. "Just a matter of how."
Missing practice was part of the plan for Rodgers, who has dealt with the injury for about three weeks. While the Packers practiced inside the frigid Hutson Center training facility, Rodgers stayed exclusively in the training room for treatment.
He hopes that occasional acupuncture also will help, along with the valuable rest that the Packers received for earning a bye for the opening round of the playoffs. It's possible Rodgers could also wear a wrap to further protect his lower left leg.
There is progress, though "it's never enough for Aaron," coach Mike McCarthy said. "But I think the training staff feels good about it and we feel confident in the direction we're going."
Ex-Cowboy Pugh dies
Jethro Pugh, an unsung member of the "Doomsday Defense" that helped the Dallas Cowboys win two Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 70.
The team said Pugh died of natural causes Wednesday, four days before the Cowboys were to play their first postseason game in Green Bay since the famous Ice Bowl in 1967.
The longtime defensive tackle played alongside Hall of Famer Bob Lilly in that 21-17 Dallas loss that sent the Packers to the Super Bowl.
"He was a terribly unsung person among that bunch of great players," said Gil Brandt, who was the personnel director when the Cowboys drafted Pugh in the 11th round in 1965.
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