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Aaron Rodgers practices Friday; Packers rule out three for Sunday

Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster is questionable to play against Vikings

QB Aaron Rodgers
QB Aaron Rodgers

GREEN BAY – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe) was back at practice Friday, his first on-field work since practicing in a limited capacity on Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, Green Bay has ruled out cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), and tackles David Bakhtiari (knee) and Billy Turner (knee) for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster (back) is questionable after returning to practice on Friday.

Rodgers didn't receive a game status and is expected to make his 15th start of the season. On Wednesday, the three-time NFL MVP was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month after throwing for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions in three December contests.

"He did an outstanding job today," said Head Coach Matt LaFleur of Rodgers after practice. You can feel the urgency when he's out there and he kind of sets the tone and everybody is on top of the details. And you can see it. We did primarily red zone today and he did everything that everybody else did. So it was great to have him out there."

In addition to Rodgers, running back Aaron Jones (knee) and tight end Dominique Dafney (ankle) didn't receive a game status and are expected to be available.

The Vikings will be without starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Backup Sean Mannion was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and will start.

Minnesota listed cornerback Cameron Dantzler (calf) as doubtful. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce was added to the injury report Friday with an illness and is questionable.

Tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring) and linebacker Chazz Surratt (illness) are also questionable.

Four Vikings players did not release a game status and are expected to be available: safety Harrison Smith (foot/shoulder), fullback C.J. Ham (hamstring), and running backs Dalvin Cook (illness) Kene Nwangwu (hamstring).

Green Bay Packers

Table inside Article
Jaire Alexander, CB Shoulder LP LP LP Out
David Bakhtiari, T Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Dominique Dafney, TE Ankle LP LP LP --
Aaron Jones, RB Knee LP LP LP --
Tyler Lancaster, DL Back DNP DNP LP Questionable
Aaron Rodgers, QB Toe DNP DNP LP --
Billy Turner, G/T Knee DNP DNP DNP Out

Minnesota Vikings

Table inside Article
Tyler Conklin, TE Hamstring DNP LP FP Questionable
Dalvin Cook, RB Illness LP FP FP --
Cameron Dantzler, CB Calf (Not Listed) DNP DNP Doubtful
C.J. Ham, FB Hamstring LP FP FP --
Kene Nwangwu, RB Hamstring LP FP FP --
Michael Pierce, DT Illness (Not Listed) (Not Listed) DNP Questionable
Harrison Smith, S Foot/Shoulder DNP FP FP --
Chazz Surratt, LB Illness DNP LP FP Questionable