Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) may not practice this week

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers is expected to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears, but it's possible the Green Bay Packers quarterback will do so without taking a single practice rep this week because of his injured right calf.

Coach Mike McCarthy wanted to keep Rodgers off his feet as much as possible, so he held him out of practice completely on Wednesday and Thursday. Because the Packers don't practices on Fridays anymore, it would leave only Saturday's short practice for Rodgers to take any snaps this week.

"We'll see," McCarthy said Friday when asked whether Rodgers would do anything Saturday. "I would think he'll take some reps. Actually just coming from the quarterback meeting, we talked about some things that we need to see in a limited fashion."

McCarthy then joked that he was more worried about the snowstorm that's about to hit the Green Bay than the quarterback and whether it would affect the team's travel plans. The team still expects to fly to Chicago on Saturday.

"We think we are," McCarthy said. "That's why we're still here [in Green Bay]."

The quarterback was listed as questionable on the Packers' injury report Friday.

Rodgers, who also has battled a left hamstring injury the past two weeks, suffered his latest injury on the third play from scrimmage in Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks. He said that his break from practice has allowed him to spend more time watching film while undergoing treatment.

McCarthy called it a "normal" week of preparation.

"Except for practice," McCarthy added. "We still have the same structure in meetings. It's been more pre-planning for the game earlier than normal just because of the fact that he's not on the practice field. In the treatment, he's able to watch more tape and more conversation going on there Thursday and Friday that you would normally have Friday and Saturday as far as how you feel the game is going to go."

If Rodgers doesn't practice at all this week, it wouldn't be the first time he's played in a game without any on-field prep work. In 2008, his first year as a starter, he played despite not practicing for long stretches in the middle of the season because of a separated right shoulder.

"He just prepares well," said Packers associate head coach of offense Tom Clements, who was Rodgers' quarterbacks coach early in his career. "So he knows what to expect going into a game. I think he plays the game all week mentally, so that when the game comes, he's already thought through things that might happen. He's been able to play through injury. Not just the last couple years, but early in his career he had a bad shoulder where he didn't practice probably for a month, but he still played at a high level. So it's a testament to him getting ready during the week, and then being able to fight through it physically."

McCarthy also said running back James Starks remains in the concussion protocol. He suffered the concussion while in a car accident Monday but has no other injuries, according to McCarthy.

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