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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a positive step toward playing Sunday as he got through a full practice on Saturday.
Rodgers remains questionable, as it remains to be seen how his sprained knee will respond to his first day of practice all week.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Rodgers is still coping with some soreness and swelling in the knee he hurt Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.
At this point, the signs are good, though Rodgers looks like a game-time decision. By all accounts, he has improved throughout the week. It’s simply a question of whether he’s improved enough to get through Sunday’s game.
While it is still premature to figure out whether or not quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the signs continue to be positive.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers feels better than he did when the practice week started and remains day-to-day. Much will be determined by how he gets through Saturday’s practice.
Rodgers has a knee sprain and the Packers have been managing expectations about his status for Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. At this point, the situation may best be characterized as cautious optimism, and we should know much more tomorrow.
Aaron Rodgers is trying to get healthy this week after he suffered a knee injury in Week 1, and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling out the possibility that the star quarterback will have to sit.
After he led an incredible comeback win over the Chicago Bears, Rodgers expressed no doubt that he will be available to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. However, he has not been able to practice this week, and McCarthy insists the 34-year-old is not a lock to play.
Rodgers has reportedly been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is dealing with some swelling. While there’s still a good chance he will play on Sunday, the Packers are not going to risk having him injure the knee further this early in the season.