Aaron Rodgers’ season may come to an end a bit early after suffering a potential concussion against the Detroit Lions.
Rodgers left the game early in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, and was replaced by backup DeShone Kizer a little less than midway through the quarter.
Rodgers had been just 3-of-5 for 26 yards before departing.
The Packers were down 14-0 when Rodgers left the field, and they have nothing to play for. With all that in mind, it may be that the Packers simply opt against bringing him back. While the quarterback himself won’t like it, there’s no reason to risk further injury in a meaningless game at the end of a lost season.
Though the Green Bay Packers have been eliminated from playoff contention, Aaron Rodgers won’t be sitting out any time if he can help it.
Rodgers cited his competitiveness and desire to lead as reasons why he will refuse to sit against the New York Jets despite the Packers having nothing to play for.
One team out of playoff contention has shut down its quarterback for the season, but Rodgers isn’t hurt, even with a fragile injury history. The Packers and Rodgers both seem to believe that there’s more reason to keep Rodgers in the lineup than there is to sit him down and let him rest the remainder of the way.
Aaron Rodgers did not look sharp in the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and the quarterback says he was bothered by a groin injury in the game.
Rodgers said after the 24-17 loss that he hurt his groin on a Hail Mary attempt before halftime and it bothered him in the second half.
Rodgers made some throws, but he missed plenty — many more than usual. He even saw his interception streak come to an end.
Rodgers talking about a groin injury after not playing well will probably lead many to recall the tweet a fired Packers assistant sent about the QB.
Aaron Rodgers had not thrown an interception in nine games entering Sunday’s contest against the Chicago Bears, but that streak came to an end during another tough game for the Green Bay Packers.
In the second half, Rodgers threw an interception for the first time in 402 passing attempts.
Rodgers hasn’t been at his best this season, and the results the Packers have seen reflect that. However, he has done a remarkable job of protecting the ball. That was quite the impressive streak.
In addition to having his impressive INT-free streak come to an end, Rodgers was also sacked by a defender who only used his back. It wasn’t a good day for the veteran quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers has had a strained relationship with several members of his immediate family for quite some time, including his parents. Olivia Munn saw that first-hand when she was dating the star quarterback, and she is pleased to hear that it may no longer be the case.
Earlier in the week, Rodgers subtly revealed that he was spending time with his parents for his 35th birthday when he was asked how he found out about former Packers coach Mike McCarthy being fired.
“I found out I’m sure the same way most of you found out,” he said. “I was at home with my folks in town for my birthday.”
That actually turned out to be pretty significant news for Rodgers’ personal life. After he and Munn broke up, the actress confirmed that Rodgers’ relationship with his parents began to sour back in 2014. TMZ caught up with Munn this week and informed her about Rodgers saying his parents were in town to celebrate his birthday, and she said it was great news.
“If that’s true, it’s amazing,” Munn said. “It’s long overdue.”
Ed Rodgers, Aaron’s father, confirmed in an interview nearly two years ago that the two-time NFL MVP does not speak with members of his family, so something must have changed. Aaron’s brother Jordan also aired out some more Rodgers family drama on social media recently, which is even more reason why people were surprised to hear that Rodgers was spending time with his parents.
Rodgers hasn’t really said much about his personal life and has criticized his brother for making it public, so it’s unlikely he will comment on the situation.
Green Bay Packers outside linebackers coach Winston Moss was fired on Tuesday, the same day he sent a tweet about leadership for the team.
Moss had been a coach under Mike McCarthy during the former head coach’s entire Packers tenure. Early Tuesday, he sent a tweet about team leadership. He said the Packers need someone who will hold Aaron Rodgers and everybody else accountable.
9.5 hours after sending the tweet, Moss shared that he had been fired. The news was confirmed by multiple reporters.
Interim head coach Joe Philbin had the support of management in firing Moss.
There has been some thinking that Rodgers pushed for McCarthy’s firing. Moss seemed to show which side he was on.
There have been numerous reports that Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy were not on the same page prior to the head coach being fired by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but Rodgers insists the relationship between the two was — and still is — in a good place.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, Rodgers described McCarthy’s dismissal as “tough” and spoke about how the two have established a close friendship off the field. The quarterback also admitted he was frustrated by some of the reports about him and McCarthy clashing.
Rodgers said he had not yet reached out to McCarthy as of Monday afternoon, but he planned later in the day.
Even if his personal relationship with McCarthy is still on solid ground, Rodgers has been openly critical of Green Bay’s offensive approach on multiple occasions this season. He also seemed irritated with one of the changes that was made to the Packers’ coaching staff over the offseason. Between those remarks and the rumblings that he and McCarthy weren’t agreeing on playcalling, it’s hard to believe Rodgers won’t welcome the latest change from a football perspective.
Monday’s overriding message from the Green Bay Packers is that Aaron Rodgers didn’t get Mike McCarthy fired and won’t get a new head coach hired.
Packers president Mark Murphy pushed back against chatter that Rodgers was a major catalyst in McCarthy’s firing Sunday. He also said that, while Rodgers was free to offer input, he would not be a decisive figure in the team’s upcoming coaching search.
It’s understandable why the Packers would want to have this out there, but given the tension between McCarthy and Rodgers, there’s no way the quarterback’s thinking won’t be taken into account during the hiring process. Maybe he won’t be involved, but Green Bay will make certain that Rodgers is comfortable with their hire.
Aaron Rodgers was hoping to inspire others to make donations toward rebuilding the areas in California that have been ravaged by wildfires in recent weeks, and it appears the attention he has brought to the cause is having a huge impact.
Rodgers announced last week that he is donating $1 million to aid in recovery and rebuilding in areas affected by the wildfires near his hometown of Chico, Calif., and State Farm teamed up with him to donate $1 for every retweet Rodgers gets up to 1 million. On Thursday, Walmart announced that Rodgers inspired the company to make a $1 million donation of its own.
Though Rodgers’ younger brother used the wildfire pledge as an opportunity to air out more family drama, there’s no debating the power of a star athlete attaching his name to a good cause. JJ Watt was able to raise an astronomical amount of money for Hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston area, and Rodgers appears to be well on his way to doing the same for those affected by the devastating California fires.
The struggles of the Packers this season have made clear that there are major problems in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has expressed concerns with the team, going back to some of the coaching staff and personnel moves over the offseason, to more issues during the season.
According to a report, one sore spot is the way Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy have been clashing over playcalling.
SI’s Kalyn Kahler wrote a must-read piece on the subject. Kahler says that Rodgers has the approval to change plays called by McCarthy as he sees fit. Sometimes Rodgers really takes advantage of that, according to Kahler.
“McCarthy might call the same play three times in a game, without the play actually being run as he called it. And if McCarthy calls a play that Rodgers doesn’t like early in the game, that can sour the mood for the rest of the game. Several sources familiar with the inner workings of the organization say that it devolved into a competition over who can call the better play, and both want the credit when things go right.”
Kahler adds that Rodgers has been frustrated at times when McCarthy has missed some offensive meetings due to his other responsibilities. The story says that McCarthy does not do much to change things from year-to-year, implying that he may be falling behind the times, which is an observation so many others have made.
Fewer than two weeks ago, a report said that there was a growing sense McCarthy would be replaced by the Packers after the season. Rodgers and McCarthy have been working together since McCarthy became the team’s head coach in 2006. That was Rodgers’ second year in the league.