GREEN BAY, Wis. - The status of each team’s starting quarterback is the center of attention as the Seattle Seahawks attempt to beat the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field for the first time in over two decades.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson is practicing again after missing three games with an injured finger on his throwing hand that required surgery. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers isn’t practicing, but has expressed optimism he will play Sunday after a positive COVID-19 test prevented him from joining the Packers (7-2) for their 13-7 loss at Kansas City.
The earliest Rodgers could rejoin his teammates is Saturday, which has created an unusual scenario for the Packers as they get ready for this game. Jordan Love continues to get the first-team reps in practice while Rodgers participates in team meetings via Zoom.
"He’s been in every meeting (virtually)," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Rodgers. "He’s been engaged. So, it’s just he’s not with his guys out on the field. That’s the dynamic that you never know. But we’re fortunate to have a guy that has got a ton of reps under his belt, has played a ton of ball, so we’re pretty confident that provided he checks out well, he can go out there and play at a high level."
One concern for Rodgers is a potential rust factor after being away from the team since his Nov. 4 positive test. Rodgers said Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show" on YouTube and SiriusXM that he had been doing yoga from his Green Bay home and would step up the level of his workouts as the week progressed.
Packers wide receiver Davante Adams played against Kansas City and had six catches for 42 yards after missing a game due to COVID-19. He acknowledged feeling the effects from his time away.
"I don’t know how it’ll impact Aaron or the quarterback position," Adams said. "It’s much different movements. But I definitely was a little bit more taxed in the game than I usually would be. It kind of felt like Week 1 all over again. Wasn’t anything crazy, and I don’t think it was the COVID that did it. It was more so me stationary, not moving around for 10 days, which doesn’t seem crazy, but when you’re moving every day and getting the conditioning that we get as wideouts, you definitely notice a difference."
Wilson has been able to practice this week and is hoping to play Sunday. The Seahawks (3-5) certainly need him as they try to get back into playoff contention after going 1-2 in the three games Wilson missed.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t know yet whether Wilson would be wearing any protection on his throwing hand.
"He doesn’t have to wear anything unless he chooses to," Carroll said. "He has been experimenting with some stuff to see what’s out there for him."
The Seahawks haven’t beaten the Packers in Green Bay since a 27-7 triumph in 1999. The Seahawks have lost six regular-season game and three playoff contests at Lambeau Field since.
They’re looking forward to the opportunity to end that streak.
"I remember my first time going there," Seahawks cornerback Quandre Diggs said. "It’s probably the only stadium I’ve ever taken pictures in and was like, ‘Dang. I get to play here.’ You always see Sunday and Monday Night Football at Lambeau. Dang. That’s one of those places I can tell my kids I actually played in when they get older and understand about the game."