Rodgers in fitness race
Aaron Rodgers is hopeful of overcoming a shoulder injury to play in Green Bay's week five fixture against Atlanta.
Last Updated: 02/10/08 7:33pm
Aaron Rodgers is hopeful of being fit for the Green Bay Packers' week five fixture against the Atlanta Falcons.
Rodgers was limited to a light workload on his return to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a strained right shoulder in the 31-20 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday.
The 24-year-old took over from Brett Favre as the Packers' starting quarterback at the beginning of the season.
Favre, who was traded to the New York Jets after performing a retirement u-turn, started 253 consecutive regular season games during his time in Green Bay.
"Listen, I want to play every game," Rodgers told the NFL's official website.
"I don't need that, 'Oh, you've got to play because Brett played 250 in a row.' I don't need that. I have pride in myself.
"I've played with some serious injuries before, so that's personal pride. I don't need any extra fuel to play."
On the condition of his shoulder, he added: "Things are, at least in the big picture, getting better.
"The swelling's going down. But now really, it's really about the strength. If I get the strength back, then I can throw. I'll be able to play."
If Rodgers is ruled out, rookie back-up Matt Flynn will be at the controls of Green Bay's offence when Atlanta visit Lambeau Field.