Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sidelined since the beginning of November. He was injured in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears when he broke his left collarbone. In his absence, the Packers have used three different starting quarterbacks and went from 5-2 and in first place in the NFC North to 5-6-1 and fighting for their playoff lives.
The Packers have four games remaining and in order to make the playoffs, they will have to win out and get a lot of help. It is a tough task for the Packers and without Rodgers, it seems impossible.
Rodgers talked to reporters after the game last Thursday against the Detroit Lions and he told them that he hopes to play this week against the Atlanta Falcons. He has been able to run and throw pain-free, but doctors must give him the thumbs up before he can get back to live action. However, even if he is cleared to play, the Packers may want to mull over the idea of sitting him out for the remainder of the season and getting him back to 100 percent for next year.
The Packers are not going to give up on this season but in reality, it is going to be an uphill challenge for them to make any noise this year and make the playoffs. With this being the case, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy may want to sit Rodgers for the final four games of the season and give him multiple weeks to recover fully. If he rushes back this week and re-injures that collarbone, not only will the season be over for the Packers and Rodgers, but his career will be at risk.
In hindsight, the Packers’ offensive line isn’t playing well right now and it may not be worth bringing Rodgers back before he is ready. However, knowing Rodgers and the competitor he is, I expect that he will play if he is cleared.
Personally, I hope Rodgers does play and I don’t see any situation where he sits out if he gets the doctors’ clearance. All I’m saying is that in a season that seems to be slipping away in Green Bay, the organization may want to think about protecting their MVP.