Aaron Rodgers and Cosmo Kramer now have something in common.
Or is it, AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHon Rodgers?
The Packers quarterback isn’t ready to play for the Buccaneers, but he did have an idea about protecting the eye that got poked last week against the Saints.
“You know, I have always enjoyed dressing up like a pirate, wearing an eye patch, I think would be awesome and would add some legitimacy to my toughness,” Rodgers said during his weekly appearance with Jason Wilde on 540 ESPN radio. “It would have been sweet to go back in the game with an eye patch and lead us to victory.
“People aren’t wearing eye patches as often anymore. What is up with that?”
Rodgers was fortunate to be able to joke about it, and while he said he’d “never” wear a shield, he did have less than normal vision after Malcom Jenkins poked him in the eye with two fingers.
“I actually lost vision for a second there,” Rodgers said. “The thought going through my mind immediately after was, did they call the flag? And if so, should I just toss it in the end zone here knowing we have a free play. The intelligence kind of kicked in, though, and I decided to throw a higher percentage pass to Donald there right on the corner that was incomplete.
“Then at that point I was wondering if my eye was scratched badly.”
At that point, he came out of the game (allowing backup Graham Harrell the chance to turn the ball over at the Saints 1-yard line). The refs said Rodgers could have stayed in, but there was a reason he didn’t.
“I couldn’t see very well. Everything was just kind of bouncing around a little bit,” Rodgers said. “If I had just closed my right my left eye would have been looking really good, and if I would have just looked through my right eye I probably would have been okay as well as I was doing on the sideline. When you have both open; the right eye obviously had some trauma to it, and I was just having a hard time trying to be able to get that depth perception as the eyes were trying to balance each other out.
“I went down to one knee knowing that I would give Graham a little bit of time to warm up knowing we were inside the five there with probably an automatic first down. . . .
“It wasn’t until probably until about five real minutes later until I felt really good about getting back into the game. It just took a while after the drops went into my eyes to feel like I was ready to go back in there.”
We fully support Rodgers’ consideration of the patch, and encourage the Packers to add more hook routes to this week’s game plan.