Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured his left hamstring during the third quarter of Monday's victory over Philadelphia, but both he and linebacker Clay Matthews (shoulder) are expected to play Sunday against Houston.

The team didn't practice Wednesday, giving them an extra day of rest following Monday night's win.

Coach Mike McCarthy instead emphasized mental preparation as the Packers (5-6) try to stay in the playoff race.

"Stress, it adds up," McCarthy said. "Frankly, this plan was in place in the spring when the schedule came out. We knew this was going to be a difficult stretch for our football team.

"We moved everything back, gave those guys a chance to sleep in today."


Quarterback Trevor Siemian was held out of practice because of a foot injury he suffered in Denver's 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City last weekend. Siemian was placed in a walking boot and is listed as day to day.

Raiders QB Derek Carr says he will have no limitations because of the injured pinkie on his throwing hand.

•Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was a late scratch from practice after complaining about soreness in his surgically repaired left foot.

•Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly made the trip west with Carolina and remains in the concussion protocol. It seems unlikely he will play in Sunday's game at Seattle.

•The Dolphins released defensive tackle Leon Orr, one day after his arrest on drug charges.

• The Seahawks are hopeful Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead will return for Sunday's game against Carolina. Both players suffered hamstring injuries two weeks ago and missed last Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.