GREEN BAY, Wis. — Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday after sitting out with a left calf injury.
Rodgers was limited to a little more than half of the snaps during the team practice periods on Thursday. Coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers’ mobility looked good.
“Well, we have a game plan. He went down and did everything we asked him to do today,” McCarthy said. “As far as what we do, how we do it, how much we do it, that’s what the game’s for.”
Rodgers missed two days of light practice last week, along with practice on Wednesday, to focus on treatment for the lingering calf injury. He has already said that he intends to play in Sunday’s playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
KOETTER TAKES OVER OFFENSE: Dirk Koetter is the new offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the first overall pick in the NFL draft and may use it to select a quarterback.
Koetter was let go from the same position with NFC South rival Atlanta, which fired coach Mike Smith after a 6-10 season.
The Bucs stumbled to a 2-14 finish this season, playing without former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who underwent a heart procedure in August and did not return to work any games.
Koetter was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator for three years, helping Matt Ryan post the three highest passing yardage season totals in Falcons history.
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