Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hoped to return from the bye week without the brace that

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  1. Instead , Rodgers was the only player not on the field on Tuesday for the team's first practice of the week.While his teammates began preparing for Sunday's matchup at the undefeated Los Angeles Rams, Rodgers continued to rehab the injury. That's how he's started every practice week since sustaining the injury during the second quarter against Chicago on Sept. 9."It's too early to tell," Rodgers said of playing without the brace. "I'd love to, but it's too early to tell at this point."Rodgers has played well, despite the injury and reduced practice time. He enters this week's games ranked 10th in the NFL with a passer rating of 100.1. His 6.5 yards per carry is better than his career-high mark of 6.3 in 2014.Still, he would like to be fully healthy as the Packers start a critical stretch to the season."If I'm completely healed, I don't need to wear a brace. Feel more comfortable without it, obviously," Rodgers said. "Having dealt with a knee injury for much of my football life, obviously you're more protected. You see some guys who do wear it all the time without having issues, but I just feel more comfortable without having it on. So, if it's not on, that means I'm feeling great and, if it is, that means I'm not quite all the way back."Rodgers said he did not have another MRI during the bye to determine how much the knee has healed. Regardless, the break came at a good time for the team and for Rodgers, who has been dealing with other minor injuries. He's been sacked 19 times."It was a great week, nice and relaxing with everything we're dealing with," he said. "The knee is an issue but we have other bumps and bruises that aren't on the injury report because they're not significant enough. It helps, the week, healing those things up."The Packers will need Rodgers at his best as he takes on the Rams. With Los Angeles ranking third in the NFL with 33.6 points per game White Aqib Talib Jersey , Rodgers knows he might have to win a shootout.Doing so, however, will be difficult against a defense that ranks fourth with 18.3 points allowed per game. Behind Aaron Donald's four sacks, the Rams had seven sacks in a rout of the 49ers last week."You have that chip on your shoulder," receiver Davante Adams said. "Obviously, we understand why we would be underdogs based on the record and the play style and the way they've been playing."They've been playing some great ball in all three phases, really. So, I saw something where this is like the biggest underdog he's ever been point-wise. So, that kind of stuff fires guys like No. 12 up and I know it fires me up."The challenge won't get any easier in succeeding weeks. Next, it's a trip to New England to face the Patriots. After a home game against Miami, it's back-to-back road games at Seattle and Minnesota. Those five teams are a combined 23-10-1.For Green Bay (3-2-1), this could be a make-or-break stretch to its season."We're going to have to play a lot better than we have to win those games," Rodgers said. "This is an important stretch in our season. I'm not going to say it's going to define our season, but it's definitely going to shake things out when we get on the other side of this and get back home in six weeks on where we're at in the race and what we're playing for." As the NFL trade deadline looms, multiple teams have struck deals for players.The Los Angeles Rams don’t have many holes on the roster though like every other NFL team could shore up depth. Most of these issues fall on the defensive side of the ball, so let’s take a look at some potential players to target in a trade:Kerry Wynn, DE, New York GiantsThe Giants are probably already looking at the draft if we’re being completely honest. Although they’ve got no reason to move Wynn, he isn’t someone they’d have in vice grips either. Wynn is a 27-year old defensive end (fifth season) on a 1-year $1.125m contract. Wynn has 23 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble on the season. He could be a buy-low option that could provide a spark on the edge as a good run stuffer with pass rush ability.Haason Reddick, OLB, Arizona CardinalsReddick is a former top-15 selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Reddick came into the league as a tweener who could play both ILB and OLB/Edge. Reddick has great explosion and athleticism Youth Tyler Higbee Jersey , needing technical refinement to reach his true potential. Jason La Canfora reported recently that Reddick was on the trade block, and the amount of snaps he’s playing likely means he is. Reddick is only 24-years old, has 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 1.5 seasons. His cap hit for this season is a touch over $3m.Gareon Conley, CB, Oakland RaidersConley is another former first round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Conley was recently benched in favor of Daryl Worley. It’s also no secret that Head Coach Jon Gruden isn’t afraid of making a deal. At 23-years old, he has 7 pass deflections with one interception and one touchdown in 1.5 years (majority coming this year). Conley is a technically advanced player who many loved coming out of the draft so he could absolutely be worth a gamble and at worst can provide good depth at CB. His cap hit this year is $3m.Lorenzo Alexander, OLB, Buffalo BillsAlexander is unlike the rest here in the sense that he is a true veteran of the game at 35-years old. For many years Alexander was a journeyman bouncing from team-to-team in the league. Enjoying a late-career revival, Alexander is playing the best ball he’s ever put on tape. In the past three seasons Alexander has accumulated 18 sacks with 12 pass deflections, two interceptions, and six forced fumbles. The Bills may be reluctant to trade him as he is a team captain and on a great contract at $3.6m this year, but they aren’t very good so there is a possibility he is available.Shane Ray, OLB, Denver BroncosWell this one just kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? The logical connection here is that Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips coached Ray in Denver, so there is some sort of bridge that exists. Ray is a former first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. His career has been largely overshadowed by way of injury as Ray has only played 16 games once in 2016. Even then, Ray has accumulated 14 sacks, two pass deflections, and two forced fumbles in 3.5 years. Ray would essentially be a one-year rental with a cap hit of $2.9m this year as his fifth-year option was declined by Denver.

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