Tuesday's roundup: Rodgers dealing with calf injury

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Green Bay, Wis. — Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s challenge this week is figuring out how to get his offense prepared to play its best Sunday against the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers is battling calf and hamstring injuries as the Packers head into Week 15.

It’s a challenge because quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a right calf injury on the third play of the teams’ 38-10 victory Sunday over the Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Though Rodgers was able to play superbly through the injury, it’s potentially troublesome, especially given the problems he had with a left calf pull during the 2014 season.

Rodgers also suffered a left hamstring pull against Philadelphia that caused him to be a limited participant in practice all last week.

“The positive of him hurting his calf is, we’ve been through it before — if there is a positive in him getting hurt,” McCarthy said. “But the challenge is, I tend to err on the side of conservative when it comes to him, and he obviously really appreciates that. As you can tell.”

Against the Seahawks, McCarthy said he scrapped a portion of the game plan and tried to stick with things he knew wouldn’t affect Rodgers’ injury as much as others.

The pregame challenge is allowing enough practice time for Rodgers to stay sharp without aggravating the injury and coming up with a game plan that will allow him to make it through the entire game. He probably won’t be putting in a lot of bootleg fakes, sprint-outs or seven-step drops.

Rodgers, who completed 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns (150.8 rating), didn’t seem to have a lot of problems moving around inside the pocket and was able to buy himself some time ducking outside once in awhile. But he was not looking to run or scramble all over the place and got rid of the ball in a timely matter.

“I think he showed that, just his ability to reset his feet,” McCarthy said. “I mean, if you can’t reset your feet, I don’t know how you can perform. But his ability to reset his feet and extend the progression of the route concepts, was key. As long as he can do that, then we’ll be fine.”


Extra points

Alameda County supervisors approved opening negotiations with an investment group on a proposed $1.3 billion stadium project that backers hope will convince the Raiders to stay in Oakland.

The Oakland City Council also considered the issue Tuesday night. If the council approves, the parties can start negotiating a formal agreement for a stadium project that includes $350 million in public money by way of land and future revenue.

The push for a new stadium project is being led by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, who played for the Raiders and the 49ers, and former Lions quarterback Rodney Peete. Three of five supervisors voted yes after more than three hours of testimony and discussion.

“What it comes down for me is trust and my mother would trust Ronnie Lott,” said board President Scott Haggerty. “I trust this man and he’s somebody I want to do business with, and I hope he’s somebody (team owner) Mark Davis wants to do business with.”

Earlier this year, Davis said he was committed to moving the Raiders to Las Vegas, where a $1.9 billion stadium project has been approved.

A move to Nevada is not certain, although a vote by the NFL on whether to allow the move is possible as soon as January. Nevada will raise $750 million from a hotel tax to fund the stadium with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson contributing $650 million and the Raiders and NFL kicking in $500 million. The Raiders must get approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners to move.

The Raiders also have the option of moving to the Los Angeles area, where they could share a facility with the recently relocated Rams.

... The Ravens say former tight end Konrad Reuland died following a brain aneurysm. He was 29.


Personnel dept.

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is being placed on season-ending injured reserve because of hip injury that limited him to five games this year. The Dolphins also signed quarterback T.J. Yates.

... The Bills placed safety James Ihedigbo, a former Lion, on season-ending injured reserve. Ihedigbo hurt an ankle in a 27-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. It was his fourth start after being signed by Buffalo last month.

... The Bengals gave up on kicker Mike Nugent, who had missed more attempts than anyone in the NFL this season, and acquired former Steelers kicker Randy Bullock off waivers.