Rodgers in fitness race
Green Bay QB's recovery from shoulder injury going well
Last Updated: 02/10/08 7:33pm
Rodgers: shoulder injury
Aaron Rodgers is hopeful of being fit for the Green Bay Packers' week five fixture against the Atlanta Falcons.
"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."
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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.