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Aaron Rodgers’ brother Jordan publicly airs out more family drama

Aaron Rodgers

The complicated relationship between Aaron Rodgers and his brother Jordan is something that has been discussed quite a bit over the past year, but the drama seemingly took an ugly turn on Wednesday.

Not long after Aaron announced that he is donating $1 million to aid with wildfire relief and recovery in Northern California, Jordan took to Twitter with a troubling accusation against the Green Bay Packers star. The younger Rodgers implied in a tweet that his and Aaron’s mother was home alone not far from the fires and Aaron didn’t even call to check in on her.

Aaron is said to have a strained relationship with most of his immediate family, and the issues have been going on for years. There had been talk that his ex-girlfriend Olivia Munn contributed to the family problems, but she said the drama began before the two even met.

While Aaron has commented very little on his personal life, his father confirmed last year that the QB does not speak to his parents. That was after Jordan made things public by discussing the family issues on a reality TV show.

All of that was tame compared to what Jordan tweeted on Wednesday.

Aaron Rodgers donating $1 million to California wildfire relief

Aaron Rodgers

Like so many other NFL players and professional athletes, Aaron Rodgers has felt the impact of the devastating California wildfires on a personal level. The Camp Fire in Northern California that has left dozens of people dead and hundreds others missing is burning right near Rodgers’ hometown of Chico, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback has decided to take action.

On Wednesday, Rodgers announced that he is donating $1 million to aid in recovery and rebuilding in areas affected by the wildfires. His longtime endorsement partner State Farm will also donate $1 up to $1 million for every retweet Rodgers’ social media post gets.

While athletes and celebrities oftentimes prefer to remain out of the spotlight when making charitable donations, the circumstances with a natural disaster are different. By rallying people to join him, Rodgers is hoping he can help do for Northern California what JJ Watt was able to do for the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Donating $1 million sounds like a great start.

Report details how furious Aaron Rodgers was with Ty Montgomery

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The Green Bay Packers were in excellent position to hand the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season on Sunday, but an inexplicable error by running back Ty Montgomery resulted in them handing the game away. It was clear Aaron Rodgers was furious by the way he reacted, but it’s fair to wonder if Montgomery will every be forgiven by his teammates.

The Rams had kicked a field goal to go up 29-27 and were kicking off with 2:05 remaining. In theory, that should have been plenty of time for Rodgers to lead one of his patented game-winning drives, but he never got a chance to touch the ball. Montgomery fielded the kickoff in the end zone and chose to run it out, and he fumbled to give L.A. the ball at the Green Bay 21.

After the game, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Montgomery was specifically instructed to take a knee in the end zone. Some brief footage from the FOX broadcast showed a disgusted Rodgers on the sideline, and one coach described how angry the quarterback was to Michael Silver of NFL.com.

“Aaron was hot,” the coach said. “And he had a right to be. He yelled, ‘Take a f—ing knee!’ He was very, very mad.”

To make matters worse, it sounds like Montgomery may have chosen to ignore orders from the coaching staff because he was angry over being pulled off the field on Green Bay’s previous offensive drive. Several players and coaches told Silver that Montgomery threw a “tantrum” after that, and at least one believed it played a role in his decision to take the kick return out of the end zone.

“They took him out (the previous drive) for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit,” one Packers player said. “Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a f—– joke.”

Montgomery’s intention obviously was not to fumble, but that’s precisely why he was told to take a knee. If you have an opportunity to give one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time the ball back with two minutes remaining needing a field goal, you take the guarantee.

If you saw what Rodgers did in Green Bay’s previous game, you can understand why he was so livid. There’s a chance the Rams would have stopped the Packers, but because of Montgomery we’ll never know.

Twitter reacts to Aaron Rodgers leading yet another comeback

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Aaron Rodgers delivered yet again for the Green Bay Packers, rallying the team for 10 points in the final three minutes of the game to come back and beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on Monday night.

Rodgers admitted after the game that he was thinking overtime following Kevin King’s interception with just over a minute left. Instead, he drove the team 81 yards to set Mason Crosby up for a redemptive 27-yard game-winning field goal.

Playing through his knee injury and more while leading the comeback led to plenty of praise for Rodgers on Twitter. Take a look:

Rodgers went 25/46 for 425 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 34 yards even on his bad knee. The guy is amazing.

Packers’ OC not worried about Aaron Rodgers’ form

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There is some concern about the state of Aaron Rodgers’s knee after aggravating it in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, but those who have seen him practice aren’t too concerned.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Friday he has not noticed any real change in Rodgers, at least as an observer during practice.

It is clear that Rodgers is dealing with some serious pain, as his coach has alluded to. It sounds like, despite his setback, he’ll be good to go Monday night, and should look similar to how he has looked in recent weeks — plenty good enough to win.

Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers is playing through ‘a lot’

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This has been a difficult season for Aaron Rodgers, and his head coach hinted Monday that we don’t know quite how difficult it’s been.

Mike McCarthy admitted that Rodgers, who has been playing on an injured knee since Week 1, is battling “a lot” as he continues to play through it.

The vagueness suggests that Rodgers is dealing with some pretty significant physical issues, which likely weren’t helped by the fact that he banged his bad knee in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. It’s also been a frustrating year in terms of results and rumors of discord with McCarthy himself. We may hear the full story eventually, but for now it’s probably worth watching to see how he continues to hold up.

Report: Doubts exist about Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy coexisting

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The Green Bay Packers have fallen well short of expectations offensively through the first four games of the year, and Aaron Rodgers openly questioned some of the play-calling after last week’s win over the Buffalo Bills. Are his early-season frustrations indicative of a much bigger issue?

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that Rodgers is still concerned over some of the staff changes head coach Mike McCarthy made during the offseason, namely firing quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt without consulting Rodgers. The two-time NFL MVP has also been disappointed in Green Bay’s personnel with his good friend Jordy Nelson gone and no running back having seized contract of the backfield.

Taking things a step further, La Canfora was told there are people who have regular contact with both Rodgers and McCarthy that wonder if the relationship between the quarterback and head coach will continue beyond 2018. Packers president Mark Murphy has a strong relationship with Rodgers and wants to get the most out of the remaining prime years of the 34-year-old’s career, so there are some questions about whether Rodgers will want a new coach.

Rodgers called the Packers “terrible on offense” last weekend and said there’s no excuse for them not getting the ball to No. 1 wideout Davante Adams more. It seemed like he was criticizing the team’s play-calling, but he later claimed he was saying he personally needs to look Adams’ way more.

There were reports throughout the winter that Rodgers was unhappy with the way things were going in Green Bay, though at one point he downplayed them with a sarcastic tweet. He’s obviously going to be with the Packers for the long haul now, but that doesn’t mean the same will be true for McCarthy if things go south in the short-term.

Aaron Rodgers expected to play against Redskins

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has missed practice all week with a knee injury that by all indications is not close to fully healed, but it does not sound like he is in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that the team is planning for Rodgers to get on the practice field Saturday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the expectation is that the two-time NFL MVP will play.

Even though Rodgers has been able to play through the injury, it is still somewhat of a concern. The Packers are clearly trying to manage the injury to make sure it doesn’t get worse, and even Rodgers didn’t sound overly optimistic about the sprain when discussing it recently.

Despite likely playing through some pain, Rodgers completed 30-of-42 passes for 281 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. The game ended in a tie.

Aaron Rodgers against the new roughing the passer penalties

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The NFL’s new roughing the passer penalty rules have become the biggest talking point in the league, especially after a high-profile penalty called on Clay Matthews so evidently changed the outcome of a game in Week 2. Many fans, media members, and even former officials have voiced their concerns about the new penalties. Now the league may have its most prominent opponent to the penalty rules: Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers said on Wednesday that he thinks the new penalties are taking the game in the wrong direction. He said Matthews’ hit was “not a penalty.”

“I’ve watched the game and loved the game for a long time. And some of the rules I think help, and some of the rules maybe are going the wrong direction. I know that they’re trying to think about the progress of the game and safety and stuff, but it’s still a collision sport, and those to me are not penalties.”

Many have speculated that the new rules were implemented in response to Rodgers suffering a broken collarbone on a hit from Anthony Barr last year. Considering that he is the type of person the league wants to protect with the new rules, it means even more when he comes out in opposition of the rule.

The league needs to strongly take into consideration all of the negative feedback surrounding the rule. They’ve effectively outlawed tackling the quarterback, which is a bad precedent to set and frustrating to see enforced. They can’t roll this rule back soon enough, even if they’re intent on pressing forward with it.

Aaron Rodgers admits concern that knee injury will worsen

Aaron Rodgers

The status of Aaron Rodgers’ injured left knee remains very much up in the air.

On Wednesday, Rodgers voiced some concern that the knee will actually get worse as he plays on it, though he’s hopeful that the opposite will happen.

“Yeah, obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said of the worry, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “Hopefully it goes the other way though.”

Rodgers is trying to manage the injury, but improvement seems to be slow.

“It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, I’d love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there’s some factors that are out of my control.”

Rodgers did improve last week, but didn’t practice, and isn’t likely to get much time on the practice field this week either. Right now it appears to be about managing the situation and trying to prevent it from getting worse.