Packers tight end Jimmy Graham apparently will not miss any time with his broken thumb.
Graham broke his thumb in his team’s loss to the Seahawks Thursday night, but ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky reports he plans to play with the injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said Graham will try different splints and ways to protect his thumb.
Aaron Rodgers has one of if not the strongest arms in the NFL, so catching passes from him may prove to be a challenge for Graham. Aaron Jones has emerged as a dependable running back, but Rodgers will still need all the help he can get to make the offense go.
So far this season, Rodgers has connected with Graham 34 times for 452 yards and two touchdowns. He’s not used as he was during his glory days with the Saints, but he’s still a dangerous target that can draw the attention of multiple defenders, especially in the red zone.
The Packers play the Vikings at 8:20 p.m. ET this Sunday. The two teams tied 29-29 when they met in Week 2 earlier this season, and Minnesota is one place ahead of the Green Bay in the NFC North Standings. The Bears have cemented a sturdy lead in the division.
Every team in the NFC North is still in the playoff picture, but the next two or three weeks will make the true frontrunners clear. Chicago still has to play the Rams, Packers and Vikings this season, so they aren’t in the clear yet. This has been Graham’s only season in Green Bay, but he’s doing everything he can to help them get to the postseason.