Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't buying it.

The Green Bay Packers can say all they want that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is day to day with a knee injury. The two-time NFL MVP will be given the whole week to get ready for Sunday's game against Minnesota Authentic Kyle Rudolph Jersey , coach Mike McCarthy said."Yeah, well, you know he walks on water, so I'm sure he's going to play," Zimmer said Wednesday in a conference call.Green Bay returned to the practice field on Wednesday, though Rodgers did not participate and stayed at Lambeau Field to rehab. Asked at his locker if it was accurate to say his injury was a sprained knee, Rodgers said, "Sure ... say sprained knee."Wearing a brace could be an option, depending on how the quarterback feels later in the week. If he can't go, the Packers would turn to backup DeShone Kizer, who accounted for two turnovers after coming in when Rodgers got hurt in the second quarter last week against the Bears."Haven't even thought about that," Rodgers said when asked if he had confidence in Kizer if the backup needed to start.So it's understandable why Zimmer and the Vikings think Rodgers will play. After all, Rodgers returned from injury on Sunday after being taken to the locker room on the front seat of a cart.Rodgers walked back out halftime, took over on the first series of the second half and threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally the Packers from 20 points down to a 24-23 victory. He said after the game that while he had to undergo more tests, he planned on playing against Minnesota.Rehabbing on Wednesday was not a setback, McCarthy said."I think anytime a player comes off a game where he's injured, obviously there's the hope of playing," McCarthy added. "We'll give him the whole week to get ready. So we'll take it day by day and learn as we go."Rodgers said he was feeling progressively better over the last couple days, though still sore. The 14-year veteran said he does not need to practice to play."I mean every practice is important," receiver Davante Adams said. "But ... two days is not going to make or break whether (we have) success, whether it's me and DeShone, me and Aaron, whoever it may be."Rodgers has played before with an injured left knee. He tore the ACL in his knee in high school, and played with the injury for four years before having surgery while in college at California. He also had a cleanup procedure on the knee a few years ago by the Packers team doctor."So I know what it feels like to play with something like this Youth Xavier Rhodes Jersey , and hopefully I'll be at the point where I can (play) on Sunday," Rodgers said.He described how he was cleared to play by the team doctor at halftime against the Bears so long as he could "deal with the pain." There were a couple throws in which Rodgers said he got a "jolt" of pain after putting weight on his left leg."It's super painful, and you've just got to suck it up and play through it," Rodgers said at his locker. "To be in this room, you've got to be mentally and physical tough."If Rodgers does play, it would be his first game against the Vikings since the two-time MVP broke his right collarbone following a hit from Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr on Oct. 15. The injury limited Rodgers to seven games last year."We know he's playing," Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.NOTES: Adams also missed practice after he said he hurt his shoulder when a Bears defensive back landed on him after making a 51-yard catch. He said he would try to return to practice on Thursday and was optimistic about playing Sunday. "So we're just taking it light a little bit just so we can build up and be ready for Sunday," Adams said. ... S Josh Jones (ankle) missed practice, while rookie LB Oren Burks (shoulder) was limited.AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell contributed to this story. Six straight losses, starting with a pregame scuffle and an epic playoff meltdown.Blown lead after blown lead.Losing their cool and games, too.There's a common thread to the Bengals' most intense rivalry, one that's been one-sided the past three seasons.No matter what happened, the Steelers always won.The Bengals (4-1) lead the AFC North heading into the renewal of their acrimonious rivalry Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. They have a chance to create separation from the Steelers (2-2-1). A loss would extend their streak of futility, leave the division wide open, and reinforced the notion that the Bengals can't get away from their history.Not that they even care to talk about it."The history doesn't matter because the history hasn't been in our favor," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said Wednesday.That's an understatement. The rivalry isn't history as much as a horror story for Cincinnati, strewn with incredible comebacks — all by the Steelers — and ugly moments that made even players wonder if it was getting out of hand.The story has different plot twists, but always the same ending."It seems like the Bengals, every time they play them they have the game won and something slips, something happens, and everything just goes to whatever-you-want-to-call-it," linebacker Preston Brown said.It's not only lately, either. The Steelers have won nine of 10 and 14 of 17 in the series. The Bengals are 8-24 against the Steelers under coach Marvin Lewis, including 2-15 at Paul Brown Stadium with a pair of playoff losses seared into franchise history.During the 2005 season http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-adam-thielen-jersey , Carson Palmer's left knee was torn on his first pass by Kimo von Oelhoffen's hit, and Pittsburgh won 31-17. Ten years later, the Steelers came to town twice and the rivalry took an ugly turn.Players had nasty social media exchanges leading to their game on Dec. 13, 2015, and several got into a scrum at midfield during warmups . Andy Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand while making a tackle after an interception. The Steelers went on to win 33-20, starting the streak of six straight Pittsburgh victories.They returned for the first round of the playoffs, and AJ McCarron had the Bengals in position to finish off their first postseason victory in a quarter of a century. Jeremy Hill fumbled, Vontaze Burfict hit Antonio Brown in the head on an incompletion, Adam "Pacman" Jones bumped an official, and the Steelers took advantage of the meltdown for an 18-16 win on Chris Boswell's 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds left."The one that everybody remembers," Brown called it. "I'm not going to talk about it. I'm not going to say nothing about it. We all know the playoff game and what happened."The Steelers swept the series in 2016, including a 24-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium that eliminated the Bengals from playoff contention and ended their streak of five straight postseason appearances. The Bengals blew a 17-3 lead and gained only 38 yards in the second half.Last year, the Bengals managed only 19 yards in the second half of a 29-14 loss at Heinz Field. The Steelers also won the rematch 23-20 at Paul Brown Stadium on a Monday night game that included the Bengals blowing a 17-0 lead and players getting flagged for egregious hits. Boswell's 38-yard field goal on the final play completed another big Steelers comeback.In the aftermath, JuJu Smith-Schuster got a one-game suspension for decking Burfict and then standing over him. Bengals safety George Iloka got a one-game suspension that was later reduced to a $36,464.50 fine for hitting Brown in the head.There were four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for taunting, one for roughing the passer and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing the facemask. Cincinnati set a club record with 173 yards in penalties.Pittsburgh's Ryan Shazier was hurt in that game as well, suffering a spinal injury while making a tackle.And now, they're getting back together again."We've seen the past, what's happened in the past," Dunlap said, "but the past is the past now."NO GIORunning back Giovani Bernard worked out on a side field wearing a knee brace Wednesday. He sat out a 27-17 win over Miami on Sunday with the knee injury. Receiver John Ross had a limited practice after sitting out a win over the Dolphins with a groin injury. Guard Clint Boling (hip) and tight end Tyler Kroft (foot) also were held out of practice.MORE MOVESThe Bengals signed tight end Matt Lengel off Houston's practice squad and added safety Demetrious Cox to the practice squad.

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