Aaron Rodgers officially out for seventh week

AP

What looked inevitable is now official.

The Packers have officially ruled Aaron Rodgers out Sunday, meaning their playoff hopes will rest with Matt Flynn once again.

That pushes Rodgers’ absence to seven weeks with a broken collarbone.

“A lot of conversation about Aaron, but as an organization we feel he’s not ready to play,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “Not medically cleared.”

Until that clearance comes from a doctor (i.e. the bone heals), it’s clear the Packers aren’t going to allow him back, no matter the circumstances.

105 responses to “Aaron Rodgers officially out for seventh week

  1. I love how Packer fans made fun of Christian ponder for sitting out a game for having a extremely painful shoulder injury.

    Now Rodgers has sat out 7 weeks for a 3 week injury.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

  2. Rodgers is lucky he does not play for Shanahan…cause he would be playing until the bone sticks through the shoulder pads.

  3. As a Steeler fan, too bad we won’t see him play. Shocked to see some Packer fans bash Rodgera about his ability to play. The guy is a stud QB and you should be happy he is on your team.

    Glad the Steelers still have a snowball’s chance at the playoffs after all their issues and mistakes this year. Should be a great game for fans to watch.

  4. The 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers don’t need Superbowl MVP Aaron Rodgers to beat the Stealers Sunday. Don’t forget Lavender Larry fans your season has been over since week 1. Remember how many of the Packers sloppy seconds you gals bragged about in the offseason. 4-9-1.LOLZ. Go Pack Go!!!

  5. Watching McCarthy’s press conference live, it sure felt like he didn’t support the decision.

    As much as I want to make playoffs and see Rodgers play, with 4+ inches of snow in forecast for Sunday, may not be best week to trot him out there. Though not doing so may mean there is no next week.

  6. He isn’t cleared to play… its a not his choice… but its the right choice as much as it stinks for Packer fans.

    I would like to see the scan… if it was a clean break it would have been plated and probably healed by now.

    Its pretty obvious if he got planted again which behind that o-line is probable. It would just be a huge set back not worth it.

  7. Proves once again that the Patriots handle injuries correctly (no matter how maddening). Don’t say a word about the injury or estimate when a player will return..ever.

  8. Lol they were crazy to even think he could of come back sooner than 6 weeks. A broken collarbone is no joke

  9. You can not tell me the whole organization agrees with this decision. Aaron Rodgers knows the risk, let the man play. He’s a competitor. I understand they want to protect their greatest “asset,” but at some point they got to just let Rodgers make the decision.

  10. Dude is scared, watch out Aaron. They’re better off with the Irish guy. And Thanks to the crappy Vikings tie with the loser packners, the loser packners won’t make the playoffs.

  11. Honestly I’m not even trying to be a dink. I always knew he was never as tough as Favre, but I thought Rodgers was tougher than this. Ryan freaking Mathews made it back from a collarbone injury in 5 weeks, 6 days. Who needs 8 weeks to heal from a collarbone? Especially in a league where you can’t breath on QBs without getting flag, and on the non-throwing side. This is just bad.

  12. With three starts, three weeks of first team reps and not having to run for his life all game (like in Oakland) Flynn should do a great job repping the Green and Gold against the oldest defense in the league.

  13. We go right to the last day hearing the same story that we heard several weeks ago. That means that the company line several weeks ago was BS, and it continues to be BS as they play the NFL, tell all but say nothing meaningful, game. As a Packer fan, I say until he trots out of the tunnel with his helmet on, say nothing, it just makes us look stupid.

  14. The Vikings will officially go 52 consecutive years without a world title. This makes Packer fans everywhere happy and induces smiles all around.

  15. He doesn’t need to play because they are playing the steelers. They can’t win against the Packers back up QB either. At least this way the cheap shot Steelers can’t do some BS and try to hurt Rodgers in their loss.
    It’s a win-win for the Packers. No down side here.
    Steelers are no threat to win this season.
    Steelers playoff hopes are just that. Hopes.
    Pack 38-6

  16. Rodgers is great, but the Packers haven’t missed him much with Flynn stepping up the way he has. It’s been pretty incredible to watch both the Packers and the Bears win all these games in spite of their QBs being out for extended periods of time.

  17. Interesting division in the past 7 weeks since Rodgers played.

    Chicago 4-3
    Detroit 3-4
    MN 2-4-1
    GB 2-4-1 (with a 2 game winning streak)

    You make your own judgements about these numbers. But I’m putting the Packers at the very bottom of the list for “team” talent. Good thing for them that Rodgers will be back next year.

  18. Well, I was wrong last week and would love to be wrong again. I didnt think the Pack could beat Dallas with Flynn and Im worried they cant beat the Steelers either. My worst case scenario as a Packers fan is that somehow the Bears win the division prior to the last game and they can rest their starters instead of having to beat an Aaron Rodgers led Packers squad to earn their way into the playoffs.

  19. Good news for the underachieving lions..i could see pittsburgh winning and the Eagles beating chicago, IF the lions can beat the giants this will come down to an exciting week 17.

  20. A lot of idiots here making cracks about Rodgers. He has been incredibly durable. Nobody can play with a broken collarbone, and Favre wouldn’t be able to run that streak in this NFL. The league and the teams won’t let a player make the decision anymore. If the guy that would rather be dead and cold than green and cold needs some help on the dead and cold part I would be happy to help. One less idiot would make the world a better place.

  21. Pittsburgh Steelers says:
    Dec 20, 2013 2:14 PM
    Vikings > Packers

    —-

    You got that right, sir.

    Have fun anhilating the fudge packers this weekend!

  22. holeinone09 says: Dec 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    As a Steeler fan, too bad we won’t see him play. Shocked to see some Packer fans bash Rodgera about his ability to play. The guy is a stud QB and you should be happy he is on your team.

    ___________________________________

    Understand your sentiments completely, but you must realize, most if not all of those comments are coming from jealous Viking fans constantly trolling Packer threads. Fact is that PackerNation fully respects and appreciates Rodgers as our QB. We know he is one of the best in the league and continues a tradition of great QB’s in Green Bay. Some folks across the river just can’t deal with it…

  23. meatcarroll says: Dec 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    Brett Favre would have never missed time.
    _______________________________

    Aaron Rodgers would never throw a bag of kittens up for the grabs with the season on the line. F Favre.

  24. hammerhead75 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:00 PM

    I recently traveled to Wisconsin for work… Shoot me if I ever have to spend more than two days in a row there.

    ____

    Amen. I’ll take the beautiful flat plains of Minnesota over boring rolling hills of WI any day. Plus – not enough Dairy Queens, I hated it.

  25. we just have to laugh at all the viking fans. They can say what they about them the only thing that matters in the NFL is the wins and losses no matter who’s playing or how u get em. The vikings lost and tied the packers this yr and the packers have the better record and a chance to make the playoffs. Packers are fighting for a playoff spot and the vikings are fighting to avoid a blackout this weekend.

  26. Wait, people actually believed a quarterback can come back from a broken collarbone in 3 weeks?

    Come on, Packer fans, stop gunning for Stupidest Fan Base. Give us Bears fans something.

  27. According to the Mayo Clinic website (ever hear of it?,) it takes six-to-sixteen weeks fro a broken collar bone to heal properly.

    Win With Flynn. Stay Calm and Carry On!

  28. On Sunday three to five inches of snow is expected in Green Bay. It will come down to the short passing game and yards after the catch, running the football and of course protecting the ball. Obviously we miss him but I think Flynn can handle a game like this….Good luck to the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers, Inc.

  29. SHaaron seems pretty happy sitting between those two men on that photo….wonder where his hands are…????

  30. uberMensch() says: Dec 20, 2013 3:02 PM

    holeinone09 says: Dec 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    As a Steeler fan, too bad we won’t see him play. Shocked to see some Packer fans bash Rodgera about his ability to play. The guy is a stud QB and you should be happy he is on your team.

    ___________________________________

    Understand your sentiments completely, but you must realize, most if not all of those comments are coming from jealous Viking fans constantly trolling Packer threads. Fact is that PackerNation fully respects and appreciates Rodgers as our QB. We know he is one of the best in the league and continues a tradition of great QB’s in Green Bay. Some folks across the river just can’t deal with it…

    duece5 says:

    Rubely
    Tolzien
    Wallace
    Harrel
    Flynn
    Young

    Great…..not so much….the QB graveyard continues!

  31. I’m concerned that the added weight of that verdant moustache is increasing fulcrum pressure on his clavicle and arrestor neck muscles, potentially worsening the injury and requiring a liftonecktomy. I’m not a doctor.

  32. As a Steeler fan, too bad we won’t see him play. Shocked to see some Packer fans bash Rodgera about his ability to play. The guy is a stud QB and you should be happy he is on your team.
    ——————————————————

    You’re not seeing Packer fans bashing him. You’re seeing fans of other, lesser teams bashing him to try and take their mind off how lousy their season is going.

  33. QB is the absolute hardest position to draft and develop. GB has one of the best in the league (even though he hasn’t played for 7 weeks). What boggles the mind is…how in the world have they not managed to find good players at any other positions?

    I’m not just talking about their 2-4-1 record while Rodgers has been out. I’m talking about every single year except 2010. Yes, they did win a Superbowl. That is awesome. But for having the best QB in the game, they sure stink in every other year in the playoffs.

    I’d say all of this is definitely a reflection of management. Perhaps those share holders should climb down from their tree stands and fire those in charge.

  34. I’m sure the Packers doctor isn’t on the take. Don’t even worry about that possibility. I’m also quite sure that the NFL is not leading a massive cover up after one of their high profile players failed a drug test. That did not happen either.

    Carry on…nothing to see here folks.

  35. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 20, 2013 3:44 PM

    I love the way packer fans and Viking fans go at it. Reminds me of the Hate steeler fans and raven fans have for each other! #nothinglikethenfl
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    No comparison. Packers, Steelers, and Ravens fans have all actually seen their teams win a Super Bowl in their lifetimes and recently, for that matter. Vikings fans? They might as well be Cubs fans. Now there’s a comparison.

  36. Very true boiler72. But at least the Cubs have the “lovable” thing going for them. “Arrogant losers” just doesn’t have the same cachet.

  37. boiler72 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:12 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 20, 2013 3:44 PM

    I love the way packer fans and Viking fans go at it. Reminds me of the Hate steeler fans and raven fans have for each other! #nothinglikethenfl
    ________________________________

    No comparison. Packers, Steelers, and Ravens fans have all actually seen their teams win a Super Bowl in their lifetimes and recently, for that matter. Vikings fans? They might as well be Cubs fans. Now there’s a comparison.

    duece5 says:

    You’re RIGHT…NO COMPARISON since we came around in 1961″

    Division champs: 18
    packers: 11

    There endeth the lesson!!!!

  38. I have to admit I was all for the medical team making this decision, however, there comes a time you just need to be a football player and now was this time. Play-offs are not guaranteed to anyone, so when the chance is there it is time to make the move. “Saving” yourself for next year could end on play one of the pre-season. Time was now to take that chance.

  39. I honestly applaud the Packers organization for being intelligent enough to take care of their own, especially a franchise QB. To the point of forgoing the immediate gratification of going to the playoffs this year, for the long term goals of this team.

    And I find it slightly ironic that so many “knowledgeable” Viking fans, would rather see him rushed back before he’s fully healed.

    Especially after the Viking organization practiced one of their own players to death during training camp a few years ago.
    But then again, maybe Korey Stringer was just made of glass.
    Idiots!

  40. Oh my Lord that is adorable. 18 division championships. That is so cute! Next you’re going to laud your 4 Super Bowl appearances despite them all being losses, right?

    The Vikings are the Bills of the NFC.

  41. It’s funny to see Packer fans read a story about Erin and their only comment is about the Vikings. Obsess much?

    Though they do have a point. If the Packers could have figured out how to beat the putrid Ponder-led Vikings–at Lambeau–they’d have the division locked up. Instead, they’ll get thumped this week and next and, like my Vikings, be watching the playoffs on tv.

  42. I think it’s great the way the top teams in the NFC North are all valiantly battling into the final weeks of the season for a coveted playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are all a credit to the Black and Blue division, and to the entire NFL community.

    And then there are the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  43. Don’t worry, Packers fans. The NFL loves the organization and will ensure they win this week so they play for the title next week at Chicago.

  44. Reblogged this on cobaltdriver and commented:
    What’s even more hilarious is how many Viking fans posting on a Packer article and saying the Packer fans are obsessed with the Vikings. Lol..”obsessed much”? Really Pot? Perhaps you haven’t met kettle yet

  45. I can’t believe the losers bragging about division titles. Do they even get trophies for those?

    I’ll put it in terms a Viking fan could understand. It’s like flunking the 3rd grade, and then bragging to your friends about the gold star you earned for attendance.

    Again, Viking fans = losers.

  46. Though I’m a Bears fan I respect the way the Packers organization is handling this.I would not risk one of the best QB’s in the NFL’s future with 2 games left for a chance at the playoffs where going very far is doubtful. The Packers (or Bears) cannot beat a San Francisco or Seattle this year. If Rodgers comes back and hurts his collarbone again he may not play until half way through next season. It would be a long recovery. What’s best for the organization long term is what’s important.

  47. thepftpoet says: Dec 20, 2013 1:56 PM

    I love how Packer fans made fun of Christian ponder for sitting out a game for having a extremely painful shoulder injury.

    Now Rodgers has sat out 7 weeks for a 3 week injury.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

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    Christian Ponder isn’t your franchise quarterback who gets $20 million a year to play. Stop trolling and go polish your Super Bowl trophy case. Oh that’s right, you’re 0 for squat in that category!

  48. Rodgers wants to come back, so anyone saying he is a wuss or cant handle it has no idea how injured players get back to the field. Medical staff MUST clear Rodgers before he can play, there is no “but im fine” talk. McCarthy also has to allow him to play even once medically cleared. You cannot blame Rodgers for not being back, he has said many times he wants to be back on the field.

    Broken bones are no laughing matter, nor are they to be taken lightly. His optimistic projected recovery was 4-6 weeks (optimistic is the key word here). Everyone heals differently, and this is a impact bone… so it is that much more important it is healed fully. Taking additional time to heal is not only necessary, it’s mandatory. If you were a professional healthcare provider, you would do best for your patients health and take no other factors into play.

    I have been wanting to see Rodgers on the field as much as any other Packer fan. He is waiting like us every week to finally hear the word “Cleared”

  49. richcranium2112 says:

    … Flynn should do a great job repping the Green and Gold against the oldest defense in the league.
    ===========================

    That old defense is ranked well above the Packers in yards allowed/game, yards/play, TOP, and is also giving up fewer points than that Packer defense.

  50. Even As a Lions fan, I respect the hell out of Rodgers. Wish he was playing. (Also wish he was on our team). He is not soft. Just life in NFL nowadays. Doctors are more cautious and have to be. That said, I hope he plays next week against the Bears. If my Lions can’t back their way in,I would rather the packers get in than bears. Go lions, and go packers next week.

  51. thepftpoet says:
    Dec 20, 2013 1:56 PM
    I love how Packer fans made fun of Christian ponder for sitting out a game for having a extremely painful shoulder injury.

    Now Rodgers has sat out 7 weeks for a 3 week injury.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

    The guy missed a bowl game at Florida State and a playoff game in the NFL, pretty sure the Ponder hating has nothing do with his shoulder. C’MON MAN!!

  52. Maybe Aaron is thinking that Flynn has pocketed enough NFL coin as a backup and to let him play so as to actually earn some of it.

  53. packers may not beat the steelers this week, i’m not expecting them to. but if the packers miss the playoffs trying to prevent long term damage to our franchise qb i’m ok with pretending i’m a vikings fans and saying there’s always next year! hey it’s not like it happens to us on a regular basis…

  54. The packers management is a joke. They owe a their success to Aaron, and the dude wants to play. They should have either started him two weeks ago or put him on IR. This back and forth game isn’t good for the organization, the fans, or him. Saying it’s an organizational decision is the cowards way out.

  55. … and McCarthy throws away the season. It’s like they are trying NOT to make the playoffs. McCarthy makes me sick with his stubbornness and stupid play-calling. Fatboy needs to go. As a Packer fan, I am done with him.

  56. Last time I checked the Green Bay Packers, even without Aaron Rodgers for nearly half the season, are in a position to win the division and go to the playoffs.
    Fans of the Minnesota Vikings alleged professional football team yet again proves what a bunch of soulless, anemic ghouls they are by making fun of a player who is injured. I never made fun of Adrian Peterson, often injured, a player I greatly admire. There is a difference between supporting a team and providing intelligent discussion. But then again, when you are talking to fans who still support a team that has never won a Super Bowl, I guess you can’t expect much.

  57. “As an organization………..”…..sounds to me like perhaps TT and MM think Rodgers should be playing and maybe Rodgers wants some type of guarantee (cha-ching) that if he plays and gets hurt, he gets paid something extra. Unlike baseball, football contracts aren’t guaranteed. Is there a “schism” in GB??????? After all, 7 wks for a 4wk injury, something’s going on.

  58. Looking at Mike McCarthy during the press conference it was obvious how annoyed he was with his pansy of a quarterback and his inability to play with the slightest bit of pain.

    Packer fans must really miss the days of Brett Favre – a great player who could always be counted on to show up and play. Those days are over in Green Bay.

  59. Whether you like Aaron Rodgers or not makes zero difference here. He is, without doubt, one of the top 3 QB’s in the NFL, and the Packers’ future (not just THIS year) depends on this remaining to be the case.

    The Packers are favorites at home v.s. the Steelers without Rodgers, about a 55% of winning that game without him, and perhaps 65% chance of winning the game with him.

    If the bone is not 100% healed, do you risk the future success of your team for 10% higher odds of winning a game? No way!

    Doctors are no dummies, and they are the experts of the risks here, if they say no go, then it’s a no-brainer.

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