Welp, it looks like the Green Bay Packers will have to release Aaron Rodgers, after breaking an NFL injured-reserve rule.
But it’s fine. Brett Hundley is clearly the future.
An NFL rule stipulates a player needs to suffer a new injury that would sideline them six weeks to be put on injured reserve. If not, the team is supposed to release that player once healthy.
Rodgers apparently didn’t suffer such an injury.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy shrugged off the ESPN report that multiple NFL teams complained Rodgers should now be released. The Miami Dolphins were most likely one of those teams, being their quarterback is Jay Cutler.
“Frankly, I don’t see any issue with Aaron Rodgers going on IR,” McCarthy, of course said. “My understanding is we communicated, followed the procedures and guidelines that you have to, to put a player on IR.
“So, from our perspective, there’s no issue.”
After Green Bay’s loss to the Carolina Panthers last week Sunday, Rodgers was “sore,” according to McCarthy.
But, Green Bay didn’t put Rodgers on IR until Tuesday — the day after they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs when the Atlanta Falcons beat Tampa Bay 24-21 on Monday Night Football.
And, it is not believed that Rodgers suffered any type of new injury against the Panthers. Teams want answers on why the Packers could skate the IR rule.
The Packers have since declined to comment, though one source said in that ESPN story that Rodgers wasn’t going to be medically cleared to play against Minnesota, though that isn’t the same as being eligible for the IR.