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Report: Aaron Rodgers wanted Packers to protect him to avoid Brett Favre injury comparison

Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers is growing image-conscious as he recovers from his broken collarbone injury, and he is trying to make sure the Green Bay Packers protect him, according to a report.

Rodgers on Sunday missed his seventh straight game since breaking his collarbone in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears. The Packers have avoided giving a timetable for Rodgers’ recovery. The questions about his status come each week, and each week he has not been medically cleared to play. But, last week, instead of saying that Rodgers wasn’t medically cleared to play, coach Mike McCarthy repeated during a press conference that it was an “organizational decision” to not have Rodgers play. That “organizational decision” line apparently came at Rodgers’ urging.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen shared the information on “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Here’s what he said via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“A CT scan of Aaron Rodgers’ fractured left collarbone still showed extraordinary risk if he returned to the football field today, according to sources,” Mortensen said. “So why the emphasis on organizational decision by Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy on Friday to the point where McCarthy mentioned it eight or nine times by media count? That’s because Rodgers insisted vehemently on a message of organizational decision, sources said, with an emphasis that he is a tough guy. One source says the quarterback’s sensitivity that his injury absence would be compared to Brett Favre’s reputation for toughness was a driving force behind McCarthy’s message, which created a palpable tension between the coach and the quarterback. And sources say McCarthy clearly understood Dr. Patrick McKenzie’s unwillingness to give Rodgers medical clearance and there was no real organizational decision about it. It was medical.”

If this is true, I understand Rodgers’ concern about how he is perceived in terms of toughness. And why isn’t it enough for McCarthy to say Rodgers hasn’t been medically cleared? Because there have been plenty of players who come back early from injuries regardless of what doctors have told them. If Rodgers wanted the team to say it’s an organizational decision not to have him play, they should comply. Why? They need to do the right thing and protect their top player. Do they really want him coming back early and re-breaking the bone? Do they want to have a Rob Gronkowski forearm situation? Or do they want him to fully heal so he can continue being a great QB for them for the next decade? This shouldn’t be an issue, and nobody should question Rodgers’ toughness. This is an injury that needs time to heal and should not be rushed.

Packers could shut Aaron Rodgers down for season

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The Green Bay Packers are considering shutting Aaron Rodgers down for the season to let him fully recover from his broken collarbone, according to a report.

Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears. Initial reports said he might miss three weeks, but Week 14 was later said to be the target date for his return. However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Rodgers would “be lucky” to be ready for the team’s game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Because the Packers have slipped to 5-6-1 with Rodgers out, they might decide to shut him down for the rest of the season to let him fully heal from the injury. The thinking is that if the playoffs are out of the question, there’s no sense in rushing him back and risking a worse injury.

Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn have proved to be poor options as backups for the Packers, who are third in the NFC North. Green Bay has gone 0-4-1 since Rodgers got hurt, including the Monday night game where he was injured in the first quarter. It didn’t help that backup Seneca Wallace was knocked out for the season a week later with a groin injury.

Aaron Rodgers killing the mustache game

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Aaron Rodgers is taking the mustache game to the next level.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback may be out with a broken collarbone, but he is not forgotten on the sidelines of the team’s games. FOX showed shots of Rodgers on the sidelines during the Packers’ 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and the quarterback’s ‘stache stood out immediately.

Would you look at that beauty? He’s got full range on that mustache. Coverage from nose to upper lip. Not a spot missing.

As far as we can tell, Rodgers began growing the ‘stache in the preseason and has kept it going. Now it’s just a full thick nest that would make Mike Ditka jealous. Give this guy a pair of aviators and he’d be accepted into a police academy immediately, no questions asked.

Of course, despite our praise of his ‘stache, he’s been catching a lot of crap for it. Many are saying it makes him look like a pedophile:

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Aaron Rodgers could reportedly miss around three weeks with shoulder injury

Aaron-Rodgers-PackersGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss some time as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered when he was sacked in the first quarter on Monday night. On Tuesday, a source reportedly told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the extent of Rodgers’ injury “doesn’t look good.”

Chicago Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman first reported during the third quarter that Rodgers had fractured his collarbone.

Adam Schefter later added that initial tests showed a small fracture in Rodgers’ collarbone that could cause Rodgers to miss around three weeks. Rodgers is scheduled to undergo more tests on Tuesday, as there was too much swelling in the area on Monday to perform an MRI.

Since the injury appeared to be to Rodgers’ non-throwing shoulder, we knew it had to have been something serious when he was ruled out for the game. Obviously, the loss comes at a horrible time for the Packers. They are now in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Bears and Detroit Lions. Jay Cutler could return as early as next week, so Chicago should soon receive a boost. Detroit came away with a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys before their bye.

There has already been speculation that Green Bay could look to sign Matt Flynn, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Either way, Packers fans can’t feel good about their chances over the next three weeks with the prospect of guys like Seneca Wallace and Flynn under center. If Rodgers misses more than three weeks, Green Bay could fall out of the playoff hunt.

Aaron Rodgers suffers left shoulder injury on sack play (GIF)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Monday night’s game with the Chicago Bears after suffering a left shoulder injury on the team’s opening drive.

Rodgers was sacked by Shea McClellin on a 3rd-and-9 from the Bears’ 9-yard line. He landed on his left shoulder when he hit the ground and was examined by a trainer on the bench.

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Rodgers eventually headed to the locker room for further examination and was termed questionable to return. In the second quarter, it was announced that Rodgers was out for the game. He likely has a left shoulder and/or collarbone injury.

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Brett Favre’s fantasy football quarterback is … Aaron Rodgers

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersGreen Bay Packers legend Brett Favre and heir to the throne Aaron Rodgers may have a fairly awkward relationship, but Favre is a retiree now. He no longer plays football on Sundays, unless he’s slinging the pigskin with some buddies in his Wrangler jeans. Instead, Favre plays fantasy football like the rest of us. And you’ll never guess who his starting quarterback is.

During an interview on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning” on Sunday, Favre revealed that he has a rooting interest in Rodgers and his old team this season.

“It is true. And I have 27 minutes left to set my team,” Favre said. “Aaron is my quarterback. And he’s usually guaranteed to get me about 30 points. First week I think he got me about 45. … He’s been good.”

Favre added that his wife’s team has been killing his this season, as he has dealt with injuries to players like New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola. Hopefully the health of his team didn’t get any worse with all the significant injuries like Arian Foster, Doug Martin and Reggie Wayne that took place over the weekend.

Maybe that explains why Favre recently admitted he was at fault for the ugly ending to his tenure in Green Bay. Did he have an early fantasy draft and already have Rodgers on his squad at that point? Favre also later said he believes Rodgers will shatter all of his team records, which could have been fantasy football wishful thinking. Now it all makes sense.

Aaron Rodgers confronted Ravens DB Matt Elam after hit on Randall Cobb

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Matt-Elam-hit-on-Randall-CobbGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb left Sunday’s game in the first half after taking a shot to the knee from Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam. Cobb had to reach up to secure the pass, and Elam simply followed the NFL protocol by hitting the receiver low and not aiming for the head. Aaron Rodgers still didn’t appreciate it.

After the play, Rodgers went up to Elam and confronted him on the field. When asked about the exchange after the game, Rodgers told reporters he felt that Elam could have done a better job of hitting Cobb in the “target area.”

“I just felt like he had enough time to make a hit in the legal hitting zone,” Rodgers said. “The other safety came over and made a very knowledgable point, which I appreciated, and we had some banter back and forth about some of the issues defensive players have to deal with with the target area. I totally understand that and get that. I just felt like from my vantage point he had plenty of time to not take out a guy’s legs in that situation.”

Defenders have to tread a fine line. With the exception of a ball carrier, there is basically no such thing as a legal head shot anymore. A defensive back has a much better chance of avoiding a penalty if he hits an opponent below the waist, which is exactly what Elam did. Now that such an emphasis has been placed on not hitting above the shoulders, players are worried about their knees.

Earlier this year, Tony Gonzalez said he would rather be hit in the head than the knee because serious knee injuries are more likely to end careers. On the flip side, Steelers safety Ryan Clark said he is disgusted that the NFL is looking into the possibility of banning low hits in addition to high hits.

In all likelihood, Rodgers simply got emotional because one of his best weapons was taken out. Elam’s hit was perfectly legal. If he went for the head and Cobb suffered a concussion, there would have been far more outrage. And for what it’s worth, there is reason to believe Cobb avoided a major knee injury.

GIF via Bleacher Report