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Aaron Rodgers: Playoff picture won’t impact whether I play

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During his weekly radio show on Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made sure to thank Ravens kicker Justin Tucker for hitting the 61-yard field goal that beat the Lions on Monday night.

Tucker’s kick dramatically improved the Packers’ playoff position, giving them a clear shot at the division title if they can win their two remaining games. That opportunity won’t make it more likely that Rodgers returns to the lineup from his broken left collarbone, however.

“It’s amazing that we’re sitting here 7-6-1 with a chance to win two and be in,” Rodgers said, via ESPN Wisconsin. “Not only that, but win two and be in and maybe be the three seed. [But] I don’t think it really influences my thought process any more than playing last week and wanting to be out there last week did.”

There wasn’t much new in terms of Rodgers’ chances of playing in Week 16. Rodgers said he felt “closer” last week and protested the decision to sit him out, although he ultimately accepted it was in his best interests. Mike McCarthy said Monday that the team is preparing Matt Flynn to start again, but that Rodgers will be evaluated again on Wednesday.

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77 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Playoff picture won’t impact whether I play”
  1. jhumbe says: Dec 17, 2013 5:23 PM

    Packers aren’t going anywhere regardless so he might as well make a full recovery

  2. nflguru12 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    Favre would have taken a week off and played with a broken collarbone. Scratch that, Favre wouldnt have taken a week off.

  3. whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    Before all the Viking trolls jump in to call him soft, let me ask them a question; what are the playoff chances of the Vikings? Not this year, this decade.

    Finishing last has to hurt but you are probably getting used to it by now.

  4. purpleguy says: Dec 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    For those that believe that quote, I have some worthless Packer stock certificates to sell you for $500.

  5. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    He thanked Tucker but was really thinking…man those Lions are pathetic.

  6. mataug says: Dec 17, 2013 5:31 PM

    I think the Packers are scared that teams would be willing to take a few 15 yard penalties to ruin their franchise QB.

  7. thepftpoet says: Dec 17, 2013 5:38 PM

    Aaron Rodgers means: I hate this depleted packers team I play for

  8. sdsmooth says: Dec 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    What an exciting division. The Bears, Lions and Packers are all fighting for their playoff lives … while Adrian Peterson fights paternity suits.

  9. conormacleod says: Dec 17, 2013 5:46 PM

    Not much to say. He knows its a minor miracle they won 2 out of 7 games without him. There probably won’t be a third. But be happy. He will be back next year.

  10. ramitbaby says: Dec 17, 2013 5:47 PM

    What a leader. Get in there, wuss. If you injure it again, you have 8 months to heal.

  11. vicnocal says: Dec 17, 2013 5:47 PM

    I never thought Shea McClellan would leave any kind of mark on the NFL, but his innocent-looking little sack of Rodgers has changed the landscape of this season dramatically.

  12. ravenswhat says: Dec 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    Too funny that people believe he’s coming back. That’s a week 1 season ender let alone week 10 or whenever it was.

  13. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    I can’t decide if I want the Packers to miss the playoffs by a half game or if I want them to make the playoffs, get a worse draft pick, and get blown out in the first round again. Either way, it’s fun to watch.

  14. jdb26 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:51 PM

    I hope the bears make it to the playoffs. They are the only offense in NFC capable of beating Seattle.

    Not a bears fan BTW.

  15. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 17, 2013 5:57 PM

    it will be over soon packer fans! steelers are coming into town with all kinds of swag! steelers 38 packers 20 final…. boom!

  16. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    it will be over soon packer fans! steelers are coming into town with all kinds of swag! steelers 38 packers 20 final…. boom.

  17. gtodriver says: Dec 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    whatjusthapped says:

    Before all the Viking trolls jump in to call him soft, let me ask them a question; what are the playoff chances of the Vikings? Not this year, this decade.
    —————————————–

    2012 is part of this decade.

    You were wrong before you finished typing.

    As usual….. :)

  18. 2difshoe says: Dec 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    Right Aaron….and Limburger cheese doesn’t smell !

  19. teal379 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM

    jdb26 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:51 PM

    I hope the bears make it to the playoffs. They are the only offense in NFC capable of beating Seattle.

    Not a bears fan BTW.

    Interesting point. I mean the Packers have the #4 offense in the league, a full 3 slots AHEAD of the Bears at this point, even with the production without Aaron Rodgers.

    On what, exactly, do you base your stellar football IQ?

  20. shaggytoodle says: Dec 17, 2013 5:59 PM

    jhumbe says:
    Dec 17, 2013 5:23 PM

    Packers aren’t going anywhere regardless so he might as well make a full recovery
    _______________

    Yeah lets just call it a season, lets not play any more games….

    If there is one thing that GB has shown, it isn’t over, until there are zeros on the clock.

    Just ask the Dallas Cowboys.

  21. jonny42671 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    @purpleguy….. That was so great!! Lol

  22. therealbrettfavre says: Dec 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    Matt Flynn will take the Packers to the Super Bowl and parlay that into a nice free agent contract during the offseason. He will get cut after getting beat out by a rookie and sign elsewhere. After playing some of the worst football ever seen, he will sign with a third team and repeat. Probably not Oakland or Buffalo though.

  23. unislaya says: Dec 17, 2013 6:05 PM

    What he meant to say was:

    I think I’ll go ahead and rest for the post, as it is filled with a few THUMPER defenses in the NFC.

    See y’all in Hawaii!!!

  24. thepftpoet says: Dec 17, 2013 6:08 PM

    No matter what happens to the Packers, all the Packer fans want to talk about is the Vikings.

    Obsession is never a healthy thing.

    Either is being obese, which most Packer fans are used to being.

  25. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:09 PM

    Lmao!! I just looked at peterson’s record

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2013 6:12 PM

    You have it backwards – whether you play won’t impact the playoff picture. Your team will be bounced this weekend regardless.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 17, 2013 6:16 PM

    Does anyone like Aaron Rodgers?

  28. idratherbedeadandcoldthengreenandgold says: Dec 17, 2013 6:17 PM

    Aaron (soft) roders wants to be traded. Wants out of Green bay ASAP.

  29. f1restarter says: Dec 17, 2013 6:18 PM

    What a great division the NFC North is!

    Almost every team in it is fighting for a playoff spot.
    Almost every team in it has fans excited about a possible chance to win a Lombardi Trophy.
    Almost every team in it has won a championship previously.

    Isn’t it great to be a fan of one of these teams?

  30. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    If you saw him “throwing” in practice, then you know he’s done. That boy hurt.

  31. mn1288 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    @the great ted….we’re thinking the same thing about the Vikings. ….less that whole playoff thing. Embrace the suck.

  32. packerbackernj says: Dec 17, 2013 6:24 PM

    They knew he wasn’t going to play all along. But as long as you leave the door open, opposing teams have to plan for the possibility. Brilliant move, Mr. McCarthy.

  33. ramitbaby says: Dec 17, 2013 6:37 PM

    “What a great division the NFC North is!

    Almost every team in it is fighting for a playoff spot.
    Almost every team in it has fans excited about a possible chance to win a Lombardi Trophy.
    Almost every team in it has won a championship previously.

    Isn’t it great to be a fan of one of these teams?”

    – And every one of those teams would have been out of it in November if the Rams were in the division.

  34. countyk66ers says: Dec 17, 2013 6:38 PM

    The Pack will finish off the Steelers once again!

  35. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 17, 2013 6:57 PM

    I feel sorry for our ARod. Every bone I have ever broken has never healed.

  36. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:01 PM

    This is for the NFC north fans. I justed started my account on here and have been reading your comments for a while. Lets start with the Vikings Petersson the best rb of all time, but doesn’t have a winning record 8-8 is agood season for him HOF with a losing record lol. The lions are a horrible franchise they have the top player at every position coming out of the draft and still 8-8 a good year. Da bears who really thinks they can do anything in the playoffs? Cutler is there qb throwing jump balls won’t win u a Super Bowl. Then we got the packers with that horrible D. Mannings=Brady=brees=rodgers. I don’t the pack plan on stoping anyone they plan on out scoring them and as much as you fans hate the pack and rodgers u know its possible any game for the packers to win. Lets get another one of them world championships .. #TITLETOWN#

  37. aldante66 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:03 PM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if this injury forces him to throw the ball away and not get reinjured and start tossing interceptions left and right?

    Funny, but I got this strange feeling we’ve seen the best of this guy and right now he does not want to come back and get hurt.

    If I’m right, the Packers are in for a long run of losing seasons: no pass rush, no pass defense, no offense, and a running game that is so so.

  38. aldante66 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:05 PM

    They knew he wasn’t going to play all along. But as long as you leave the door open, opposing teams have to plan for the possibility. Brilliant move, Mr. McCarthy.

    He’s the dumest bastard in football. They won a SB regardless of his piss poor play calling.

  39. skittlesareyum says: Dec 17, 2013 7:09 PM

    nflguru12 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM
    Favre would have taken a week off and played with a broken collarbone. Scratch that, Favre wouldnt have taken a week off.

    ————–

    Favre would have certainly tried, but these days the team doctor must sign off or you simply don’t play, no matter how much you want.

  40. sdsmooth says: Dec 17, 2013 7:11 PM

    Leslie Frazier trying to figure out which QB to start is like watching Homer Simpson try to solve a rubik’s cube.

  41. tebow420 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    Week 17
    Packers 21 Bears 20
    Ravens 17 Bengals 16
    Cowboys 63 Eagles 61

  42. youngs79 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:23 PM

    Rodgers is soft. The hapless, tasteless Packers’ defense is soft. This team is just not very good. I don’t know why Packer fans won’t admit it. It’s OK to cheer for your team, but my gosh, Packer fans are delusional. This season is over for you.

  43. garyman1 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:25 PM

    I don’t think it’s that complicated. If the team Doctor clears him to play, he should play…. regardless of the record. The Packers have a conservative team Doctor so if he clears him, you know he’s physically ready.

  44. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 17, 2013 7:27 PM

    Schism.

  45. dcviking says: Dec 17, 2013 7:30 PM

    Upon further review, trade your for you’re in the above post…

  46. khmer379 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:37 PM

    Peterson isn’t the reason my Viking is weak this year… It frazier and his staff and a bad defense #truth

  47. GenXJay says: Dec 17, 2013 7:40 PM

    “It’s amazing that we’re sitting here 7-6-1 with a chance to win two and be in,” Rodgers said…
    This simply justifies his worth. Overpaid.

  48. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:54 PM

    You’d think Aaron Sofdgers would care about the playoffs, unless he just plays this game for money and doesn’t care about championships like Romo the u know.

  49. cobaltdriver says: Dec 17, 2013 8:07 PM

    No matter what happens to the Packers, all the Packer fans want to talk about is the Vikings.

    Obsession is never a healthy thing.

    Either is being obese, which most Packer fans are used to being.

    Yet,wow, here are all the Viking fans,flapping their jowls on a Packer article. Guess since the Vikes have nt been relevant for sometime now,they gotta go and bash Packer fans to feel better. Obese? They were panning the crowd at the “dump” Sunday,not exactly fashion models in that crowd either,unless of course The Viking gals were modeling for Lane Bryant.

  50. rextraordinaire says: Dec 17, 2013 8:08 PM

    He says that now, but watch. If the Bears and Packers both win or both lost this week, it will go down to the season finale in Chicago, and Rodgers will be back. I don’t know if he will truly be ready or magically be ready, but he’ll play.

    Behind closed doors, team doctors absolutely do not have the final say.

  51. myasylum11 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:10 PM

    Don’t forget the Packers have no defense, and they aren’t playing Dallas.

    Props to Flynn, but…

    Matt Flynn – 31
    Steelers – 42

  52. threedeep1998 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:25 PM

    whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    Before all the Viking trolls jump in to call him soft, let me ask them a question; what are the playoff chances of the Vikings? Not this year, this decade.

    Finishing last has to hurt but you are probably getting used to it by now.

    ——————————————————

    Wow, immediately jumps to bashing the Vikings. Obsessed much? Worry about your own team in your own article.

  53. deflateddome says: Dec 17, 2013 8:30 PM

    All Dallas had to do was keep it on the ground in the second half, and this non story would be officially a moot point.

    Caper’s Cottonells would have given up 300 yards on the ground, and have no chance at a comeback.

    If I were Packer fans, I would be questioning Thompson on how the loss of one player makes the team go from a playoff contender to doormat. The Packers could not have been exposed more than the past 6 weeks…

  54. stellarperformance says: Dec 17, 2013 8:45 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Dec 17, 2013 5:28 PM
    For those that believe that quote, I have some worthless Packer stock certificates to sell you for $500.00.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    How many?

  55. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:17 PM

    I think it’s tremendous for football that all the top teams in the NFC North are valiantly battling well into the final month of the season for that glorious and coveted playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are all a credit to the NFL, and an inspiration to fans from around the globe.

    And then there are the Vikings.

  56. gtodriver says: Dec 17, 2013 9:24 PM

    f1restarter says:

    What a great division the NFC North is!

    Almost every team in it is fighting for a playoff spot.
    Almost every team in it has fans excited about a possible chance to win a Lombardi Trophy.
    Almost every team in it has won a championship previously.
    ———————————————————–

    The NFC North is a great division – just not this year.

    One of these teams will win the Division – but it’s not that they are fighting to win it – they are fighting not to lose it…

    No team in this division will get a sniff of a Lombardi this season.

    All teams in this division have won an NFL Championship.

  57. gtodriver says: Dec 17, 2013 9:26 PM

    @stellarperformance

    I don’t know how many purpleguy can produce, but I’ll make as many “stock certificates” as you want for $500.00 per copy. I’ll even frame them for you for that price…

    How many do you want?

  58. cags777 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:32 PM

    Unlike many classy Packers fans who are more obsessed with being better than the Vikings, this Vikings fan wishes Aaron Rodgers a speedy recovery. I would also start taking your general manager to task for not being better prepared to offer protection to Rodgers and help you win more games this season. Asking for accountability of the higher ups is a logical thing to do instead of asking how many children AP has or who the Vikings starting QB is week to week.

  59. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 17, 2013 9:49 PM

    Do you BELIEVE yet? We control our own destiny now. It’s because we are Sports’ Greatest Fans!! HAMMER DOWN!!

  60. unitasftw says: Dec 17, 2013 9:53 PM

    still better than tom brady

  61. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 17, 2013 10:28 PM

    So much nonsense out there….so much stability in Green Bay. #13Titles

  62. eightandeightlions says: Dec 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    On what, exactly, do you base your stellar football IQ?

    Before you question someone’s football IQ you might want to check your own first. If you look at green Bay they are back in 12th or so in scoring, the only start that matters besides wins (in which you also trail the Bears). Leave it to a packer fan, your yards per game are about as useless as your team stock.

  63. saxguru says: Dec 17, 2013 10:48 PM

    I find it comical that all of these mentally arthritic Viqueen fans are posting about a team that is knocking on the door of the playoffs, WITHOUT OUR STARTING QUARTERBACK when “Team Love Boat” won’t even SNIFF that level of satisfaction in the foreseeable future, even starting your “quarterback de’ jour (whoever that is this week). Say, how’d that deal with the Bucs work out for you? Getting your money’s worth? Good luck getting fleeced with that new stadium!

  64. robgilman says: Dec 17, 2013 11:23 PM

    Favre would never have broken a bone.

  65. jasonculhane says: Dec 18, 2013 12:37 AM

    @teal379

    The Bears have two receivers that can’t be covered and a elite running back. They get Lance Briggs back, that could mean something.

    Seattle is unstoppable at home, but the Bears offense is capable to put points on the board at will, also have the ability to run out the clock. Their gelling at the right time. Those intangibles could beat the Seahawks.

    Green bay even with Rodgers is a long shot to beat the 49ers let alone the Seahawks.

  66. larryboodry says: Dec 18, 2013 12:48 AM

    If he doesn’t play this week, next week may not matter.

  67. axespray says: Dec 18, 2013 2:48 AM

    As if the viking’s lack of championships/playoff record and current on-field production weren’t embarrassing enough – you’ve got a crop of doofuses leaving whiny drivel induced comments on every Packer article.

  68. jbarr1 says: Dec 18, 2013 5:36 AM

    I can assure you, as a Packer fan I questioned TT and MM for not having a proven back up for 2 years now. Wallace may have been ok if he didn’t get hurt, but we’ll probably ( and hopefully) never know. In hindsight, Flynn probably would have given the Pack a win in at least one of the November games if He would have been the backup from Day 1. But we wasn’t at thats that.

    Bottom line for all the Packer haters is that Detroit and Chicago both had a chance to bury the Pack while they were down and they didn’t. And now the mud throwing starts. The team has faith in Flynn now, and even more important. he has faith in himself.I’ll be shocked if last weeks win over the Cowboys doesn’t carry over well into January, no matter who the QB is.

  69. billh1947 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:23 AM

    “What a leader. Get in there, wuss. If you injure it again, you have 8 months to heal”
    Some people are truly thick headed,as most people know it not up to Rodgers if he can play,its all up to the team DOCTOR and he is the ONLY person alive who can clear Rodgers to play again.maybe other teams dont listen to their team doctors,or team doctors green light still injured players to play under pressure from the organization but the Packers run their team the way a team is supposed to be run and dont take shortcuts or risk furthur injuries to recovering players.they would rather lose a game than to sacrifice an injured player.

  70. leatherface2012 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:06 AM

    Interesting point. I mean the Packers have the #4 offense in the league, a full 3 slots AHEAD of the Bears at this point, even with the production without Aaron Rodgers.

    On what, exactly, do you base your stellar football IQ?

    gb padding stats in meaningless games against the cowboys for example and the 2 games that proceeded that. man, they put a pounding on detroit on thanksgiving day though didnt they?

  71. comeonnowguys says: Dec 18, 2013 9:35 AM

    Can you imagine Packer fans’ reaction if Cutler would have said something like this?

    I wouldn’t blame him for wanting to rush back out behind those same two tackles just for a chance to lose in the first round.

    That said, I don’t think there’s a doctor in the state that would not clear him if he pushed the issue. They’d throw on a cheesehead and yell GO PACK GO! as he left the doctor’s office.

  72. chuuke says: Dec 18, 2013 9:36 AM

    whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    Before all the Viking trolls jump in to call him soft, let me ask them a question; what are the playoff chances of the Vikings? Not this year, this decade.

    Finishing last has to hurt but you are probably getting used to it by now.

    ——————————————————

    Well actually, in the last 10 years, we’ve finished last in the NFC North, the same amount of times as Green Bay has: once.

  73. kastout11 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:46 AM

    He’s playing and they will win their last 2, but will probably lose in the wildcard playoff game against either Carolina or San Francisco.

  74. tooba2026 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Leather face, how do u pad Ur stats in a game Ur losing at halftime by 20pts or whatever it was. Its called trying to win.

  75. stellarperformance says: Dec 18, 2013 10:05 AM

    gtodriver says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:26 PM
    I don’t know how many purpleguy can produce, but I’ll make as many “stock certificates” as you want for $500.00 per copy. I’ll even frame them for you for that price…How many do you want?
    //////////////////////////////////

    I hoped he had real ones and I wanted to know how many he had. Framed photocopies are as common as “Maybe Next Year” Viking
    t-shirts. No thanks.

  76. vikingcheesegrater says: Dec 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    Packer fans are now realizing what they lost when Ted Thompson chased Brett Favre from the facility. Let’s hope they can still make the playoffs though. I really want to see Rodgers add yet another “one and done” to his playoff resume.

    Then again, maybe Rodgers won’t even start if he is healthy. Are we looking at a quarterback controversy in Green Bay? After all, at least Matt Flynn can be counted on to stay healthy.

  77. tooba2026 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    Vikingscheesgrater, Flynn has started 6 games in his career compared to Rodgers 86. Not hard to stay healthy on the bench buddy.

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