“Mentally, it definitely took a toll. That was really hard,” Myers said. “That was a new experience for me and something I had to fight through, for sure. It was hard physically, too. It hurt. It was a struggle to get back, but that’s just kind of part of it. You accept that part of it. The mental side of it was tough.”
Myers said he came through the game, though, and was grateful to get the snaps with Rodgers and the starting offense. It not only allowed him to get back into a groove again but also refamiliarized him with his quarterback’s cadence.
Meanwhile, the Packers gave left tackle David Bakhtiari a day off on Wednesday. It was a precautionary measure the team took after the five-time All-Pro’s 27-snap season debut in Detroit, which marked Bakhtiari’s the first in-game action in 378 days.
Running back Aaron Jones (knee) and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (elbow) were both back after taking the Lions game off. Special-teams stalwart Ty Summers also practiced for the first time since going on injured reserve last month with a hamstring injury.
However, the most eyes were on the returning Smith Wednesday. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker played 16 snaps in Green Bay’s regular-season opener against New Orleans before landing on IR with a back issue for the past four months.
If he continues to make strides, the 29-year-old Smith could be a key rotational pass-rusher alongside Preston Smith and Rashan Gary down the final stretch of the season. The team is hopeful to also get Alexander, Cobb and Turner back in the fold, as well.
In their stars’ absence, the Packers have had rookies and veterans alike step up during their 13-4 campaign. Along with Campbell, cornerback Rasul Douglas, tackle Dennis Kelly and returner David Moore all came out of nowhere to make contributions. Former All-Pro pass rusher Whitney Mercilus also was added before suffering a biceps injury. Coincidentally, he returned to practice Thursday.
With injuries and illness subsiding, the Packers are keeping their fingers crossed for the return of their primary playmakers during a pivotal playoff push.
“We’re going to enjoy this week,” Rodgers said. “We’re going to rest, we’re going to fine-tune a couple things, and watch this weekend, figure out who we play and then get ready for the divisional round.”