Rodgers seeks healthy re­turn as Pack­ers set to face 49ers in Mon­day night’s game

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>> GREEN BAY: Aaron Rodgers’ sore knee con­tin­ues to bother him as the sea­son ap­proaches its half­way point.

Doc­tors can pro­vide the Green Bay Pack­ers quar­ter­back with medicine. But noth­ing makes Rodgers feel as good as win­ning.

The Pack­ers (2-2-1) will try to climb back to­ward the top of the NFC North stand­ings when they host the San Fran­cisco 49ers (1-4) Tues­day morn­ing, Thai time, at Lam­beau Field.

The Pack­ers are 2-0-1 at home this sea­son. Rodgers has saved some of his best work for home crowds, post­ing an 8-0-1 record in his last nine starts at Lam­beau, with 22 touch­downs and three in­ter­cep­tions.

Now, if only he felt bet­ter. He sprained his knee in the sea­son opener against the Chicago Bears, and he sat out Thurs­day’s prac­tice af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a set­back.

Rodgers ex­pects to be avail­able against the 49ers, al­though he might wear a big­ger knee brace that lim­its his mo­bil­ity.

“I hope not,” Rodgers told re­porters when asked about wear­ing a larger brace. “The goal would be to wear the same brace I wore last week, but I have a lot of faith in our train­ing staff, and we’re go­ing to [use] the brace we feel is most safe and [al­lows] me to do ex­actly what I’m able to do.”

Mean­while, 49ers quar­ter­back CJ Beathard is fo­cused on fix­ing his men­tal mis­takes. The se­cond-year player out of Iowa will try to bounce back from a tough loss against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals in which he threw two in­ter­cep­tions, lost two fum­bles and was sacked four times.

Beathard has taken over for Jimmy Garop­polo, who is side­lined for the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

“The bot­tom line is you can’t lose the ball,” 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han told the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle. “Whether you get hit, whether some­one’s not open, some­times you need to get rid of it.

“Some­times you need to take sacks. But the worst-case sce­nario, we plan on end­ing the series with the ball in our hand. That’s some­thing he’s got to do a bet­ter job of.”

Green Bay have av­er­aged 401 yards per game on of­fence while giv­ing up an aver­age of 313.8. The 49ers have av­er­aged 378 yards while al­low­ing 348.4.

Pack­ers wide re­ceiver Da­vante Adams, who has seven touch­down catches in his past seven games, could pose chal­lenges for the San Fran­cisco se­condary. He made nine catches for 140 yards last week in a 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Pack­ers’ Aaron Rodgers, left, in ac­tion against the Bears.

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