Aaron Rodgers: If I’m healthy and it makes sense, I’ll come back

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The Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Oct. 20, which makes him eligible to return to game action in Week 15 against Carolina. His return depends on whether the Packers remain in the playoff hunt. It also depends on how quickly the star quarterback’s surgically repaired collarbone heals.

“I want to be healthy; that’s the most important thing,” Rodgers said Friday, via Mike Spofford of the team website. “But if we’re healthy in eight weeks and it would make sense to come back, then I’m going to come back.”

If not, he won’t.

Rodgers cautioned everyone to “temper expectations” about his return, with scans of his collarbone determining when he can start throwing again. Until then, Rodgers sees no reason to discuss his return.

“There won’t be a decision made until that bone is healed, so it’s not even a conversation if it’s not where it needs to be,” he said.

Rodgers didn’t offer much new regarding the hit from Anthony Barr. Rodgers has accused Barr of giving him the finger, and Barr has accused Rodgers of spewing profanity at him.

The league did not fine Barr for the hit.

“It was deemed a legal hit,” Rodgers said. “You know that you don’t have the same protection outside the pocket. A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation, but it is what it is.”

83 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: If I’m healthy and it makes sense, I’ll come back

  1. “A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation, but it is what it is.”
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    Probably? Possibly, or you bounce out of it and keep scrambling! Either way, Barr was trying to tackle you as quickly as possible, kept his sprint pace. Given your tendancy to pump-fake on the run, he couldn’t be expected to react until ball was out – and he reached you within just under 0.5 seconds of the ball coming out. Too little time to react – by that time he was into launch-step mode – and wrapped his arms around you. And at that speed you are both going to the ground. He kept his arms around you thru hitting the ground and rolled through the tackle cleanly – he did not drive you in. If he had merely shoved you at that speed you could have hit the ground harder. But, by being wrapped in his arms without driving you in, his arms actually took some of the force – but unfortunately you landed awkwardly and hit your shoulder because you arm was raised. Had you tucked in, and started to curl instead heroics, you might not have broken your collarbone – ever think of that? Now grow up, be a man and stop casting aspersions about a clean enough tackle.

  2. Best QB this league has ever seen. If he had Bradys defense over teh past ten years, Rodgers would have had 7 Super Bowls. But we have Dom Capers as the leader of this motley crew.

    Packers fans and the league (not including Vikings fans) are going to miss this guy when he is gone even if they replace him with another franchise QB. Rodgers is everything you want in a QB and then some. Hope to enjoy watching him at least another five years. It isnt by coincidence the two times he will miss significant time was by guys from his division driving his shoulder in the turf to accomplish exactly what they did. Shea McClellin and now Anthony (I am Stupid) Moss. Their only claim to fame has been putting Rodgers on the shelf.

    Get well and Get back Aaron. Packers fans and the league miss you.

  3. “A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation”. Or, you can man up and play football the way it’s meant to be played and take a hit without whining about it. Now we know why Olivia left you…..

  4. It may have been deemed a legal hit, but the rule specifically states the hit was not legal. Anyway, football’s future looks bleak. I am glad I had the opportunity to see it. Future generations will never understand how it truly was.

  5. “Packers fans and the league (not including Vikings fans) are going to miss this guy when he is gone even if they replace him with another franchise QB.”

    Seriously, grow up. There are d-bag fans of every team. I happen to be a Vikings fan who thinks Rodgers is an amazing talent and I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.

  6. streetyson says:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    “A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation, but it is what it is.”
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    Probably? Possibly, or you bounce out of it and keep scrambling!
    ****************************************************************

    Huh? When the ball was gone two steps before contact?

  7. AP said the SAME EXACT THING last year and Packer fans in here roasted him as not being a team player. Funny how they changed their tune when it is Rodgers saying it. Very typical Packer fan way to act.

  8. When the #2 QB goes 0-fer and Pack is 4-9 on December 15, it won’t matter if he’s healthy. He’s done.

  9. shlort says:
    “It may have been deemed a legal hit, but the rule specifically states the hit was not legal.”

    The refs and the review guy in NY abide by the rules. Thereby, it was deemed within the confines of legitimate. What’s you’re deal? You cannot close your eyes and pretend aaron didn’t take a legal hit.

  10. stung4ever1983 says:
    November 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm
    “A simple shove-down probably would have sufficed in that situation”

    OK, tell your defense not to hit the opposing QB if they don’t have to.
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    In Rodgers’ mind and in Green Bay Packer fan’s minds there are two set of rules. Ones for everyone else and ones for them because they think they are special people.

  11. fortunately for him the Lions are a trainwreck again and might finish last in the division, so the Packers will probably be able to possibly compete for a wild card…and heck, who knows if Keenum can keep it going for the Vikings. Midseason collapses are as Minnnesotan as lutefisk and lefsa. Heck, there’s a chance chicago could be in it too.

    But he’d be wise to stay out and let it heal longer. I can’t see a scenario where is he throwing like he was before the injury in 8 weeks.

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    Of course Rodgers was saying this from Hollywood, not Green Bay. What are the odds of Rodgers showing up at the game in Green Bay on Monday night 1 in 100? 1 in 200?

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    Rodgers is in GB, press conference was in GB, will be there for the game

  13. I am think AR has a screw loose. Always a politician, when he just needs to be honest and say
    he won’t be back this year. Also an outside chance if the Packers are in the Super Bowl, or Next year needing 1/2 of the season IF EVER being back 100%. I have had that Surgery and it NEVER is the same again for anybody!

  14. “Aaron Rodgers: If I’m healthy and it makes sense, I’ll come back”

    It won’t make sense, because by week 15 the Packers will have been eliminated from playoff contention.

  15. Taking two steps after the ball is out before initiating the hit, then wrapping up and driving someone into the ground is not only borderline, it’s malicious with intent to injure. That said, I’d do it too if it meant winning a game, or the division.

  16. A simple shove down. Anything beyond that was unnecessary and intentional for the purpose of causing injury. He hit the nail on the head. What was the best chance of success for the Vikings this year? Taking Rodgers out.

    Nice job.

  17. So should baby cakes be tackled any differently than and rb or receiver? You signed for football. Play football.

  18. I love how the Viking fans here take every opportunity on every packer article to show what classless, tacky people they truly are. Yes it was a legal play but it was also a dirty play. Anyone who thinks Barr should’ve drove him to the ground with his full body weight is an idiot. The great thing is, when the season ends and they don’t make the playoffs again, all this talk will end.

  19. floridapackfan says, November 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm:
    “If he had Bradys defense over ten past ten years, Rodgers would have had 7 Super Bowls.”

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    Wait a minute. In 2011, the team Brady took to the Super Bowl was ranked 31 in defense!

    Rodgers is great but do you need to drag down Brady to prop him up?

  20. Peterson was able to play and chose not to. Not similar, certainly not “exactly the same,” as one Fake News source on this site proclaimed. From the Pioneer Press:

    “Peterson previously said that he won’t play for the Vikings this season if they’re eliminated from the playoffs. That happened with Saturday’s 38-25 loss in Green Bay, and on Wednesday, Peterson didn’t practice. His earlier comments indicate he probably wouldn’t play against the Bears this Sunday even if he were healthy.”

  21. What was the best chance of success for the Vikings this year?

    Realistically, the Vikings best chance of success was having a GM that is intelligent enough to build a very deep team. Plus, having a coaching staff that can mold young talent and turn them into elite players. If the Packers had Rick and Zimmer, we would have won 7+ Super Bowls with Rodgers. Ted and McCarthy wasted him with their ineptness.

    Basically, the Vikings have done everything our Packers should have been doing and that’s why they’re the team to beat in the NFCN for the foreseeable future. The next decade or so is going to be brutal do us.

  22. directdriver says:
    November 4, 2017 at 10:21 am
    Wait a minute. In 2011, the team Brady took to the Super Bowl was ranked 31 in defense! Rodgers is great but do you need to drag down Brady to prop him up?
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    I agree. Brady may be he best ever. How does anybody compare to the best ever in any line of work? If Rodgers finishes his career in the top ten all-time that’s perfectly fine with me. He’s in good company.

  23. Aaron should just heal up and try to distance himself from the one time Super Bowl winners, because as of now he shares the same company as Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson.

  24. I still say he will be lucky to come back by Spring Practice. Even he has no idea whether he will be able to fling a football at high speed until when? I read his surgery takes 7 weeks just to lift your arm to normal level, 12 to get normal strength back so he cant even lift or try and strenghthen his arm for seven weeks.
    Hell the way this O line plays and the lack of playmakers on the team, why come back and they will be out of it after losing the Lions on Monday, season over at that point.

  25. luckyforus says:
    November 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    If Brady was hit like that they would change the rule.
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    Brady has had players drive him to the ground, on his left shoulder, many times in his career. In fact, Brady was recently on the injury report with left shoulder injury from a sack; although Brady was sacked in the pocket and not while scrambling.

    No rule was changed, nor should the rule be changed.

    What should happen is the people who are whining about the legal play should stop whining about the legal play. Plays like that happen every week and, unfortunately, some times players get hurt (e.g. Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tony Romo and others).

  26. Just stop. The Packers lose Rodgers and face a down season and suddenly the Vikings are the team to emulate? Since when? They’ve had superior draft positions nearly every year in the last ten, the best all-time running back in the history of the game, a self-described vaunted defense that defies description, and every opportunity in the world to make a move (see Wide Left.)

    Everyone is forgetting something. The Vikings have accomplished exactly nothing so far. It’s not over until it’s over.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    November 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Just stop. The Packers lose Rodgers and face a down season and suddenly the Vikings are the team to emulate? Since when? They’ve had superior draft positions nearly every year in the last ten, the best all-time running back in the history of the game, a self-described vaunted defense that defies description, and every opportunity in the world to make a move (see Wide Left.)

    Everyone is forgetting something. The Vikings have accomplished exactly nothing so far. It’s not over until it’s over.

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    It’s over.

  28. flviking says:
    November 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    stellarperformance says:
    November 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    Just stop. The Packers lose Rodgers and face a down season and suddenly the Vikings are the team to emulate? Since when? They’ve had superior draft positions nearly every year in the last ten, the best all-time running back in the history of the game, a self-described vaunted defense that defies description, and every opportunity in the world to make a move (see Wide Left.)

    Everyone is forgetting something. The Vikings have accomplished exactly nothing so far. It’s not over until it’s over.

    /////////////////

    It’s over.
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    Don’t ruin his false hope.

  29. Do the Viking trolls know something I don’t know? Did the season end? Did the Vikings win everything up to and including the SuperBowl, or did they fail under their own win-it-all or you’re a choker rules?

    What’s the answer?

  30. stellarperformance says:
    November 4, 2017 at 6:14 am
    A simple shove down. Anything beyond that was unnecessary and intentional for the purpose of causing injury. He hit the nail on the head. What was the best chance of success for the Vikings this year? Taking Rodgers out.

    Nice job.

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    Erin – is that you? You sure whine like Erin . . .

  31. Rodgers wanted to make sure packer fans know that he, and only he, can put numbers in the win column for the packers. The dude’s ego is out of control.

  32. Matthews is a way dirtier player than anyone on the Vikings roster. Problem is, he’s so weak, slow and feeble he doesn’t inflict any damage. The only interceptions he gets or fumbles he recovers are tips – he’s always late to the play.

  33. coltluger says:
    November 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    He won’t be the same coming back. Even is he heals fully, he will be much more tentative. He’ll hear footsteps . . .

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    Very speculative. I’m sure you’re hoping. Real fans hope their team improves to the point of being great and beating great teams. Garbage fans hope and enjoy the opposing teams becoming injured or bad enough to make their team competitive.

    Can you tell the difference or does your team bring out the worst in its fans?

  34. coltluger says:
    November 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm
    Matthews is a way dirtier player than anyone on the Vikings roster. Problem is, he’s so weak, slow and feeble he doesn’t inflict any damage. The only interceptions he gets or fumbles he recovers are tips – he’s always late to the play.

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    I won’t argue that Mathews looks old and slow lately but tell me, has a Packer been suspended this year due to dirty hits that injured other teams players?

  35. andrwken says:
    November 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    coltluger says:
    November 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm
    He won’t be the same coming back. Even is he heals fully, he will be much more tentative. He’ll hear footsteps . . .

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    Very speculative. I’m sure you’re hoping. Real fans hope their team improves to the point of being great and beating great teams. Garbage fans hope and enjoy the opposing teams becoming injured or bad enough to make their team competitive.

    Can you tell the difference or does your team bring out the worst in its fans?

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    I couldn’t care less about the packers. I just love to see their insufferable fan base whine and cry. So thank you very much.

  36. Rodgers career, or at least his effectiveness, is very much in question. That leaves him with some interesting career choices. He’s not likeable enough to be a color guy like Romo or Aikman. He’s more akin to O.J. Simpson – putting everything in comparison to him. He certainly loves the spotlight and drama. I see him on Dancing With the Stars, whining to the judges like he does to the zebras. After he loses on that show, it’s off to a reality show on Lifetime, right after Marriage Bootcamp.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    November 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Do the Viking trolls know something I don’t know? Did the season end? Did the Vikings win everything up to and including the SuperBowl, or did they fail under their own win-it-all or you’re a choker rules?

    What’s the answer?
    The answer is Ted needs to get on the phone to Ed Hochuli and Carl Cheffers and do some real negotiating this time.

  38. I couldn’t care less about the packers. I just love to see their insufferable fan base whine and cry. So thank you very much.

    —————

    You post this and then start throwing down your expert opinion on why Rodgers is done. We’ve been hearing this from Barney fans for years now.

    So thanks for proving my point. You wish and hope he’s done so your mediocre team can be relevant. Parity over greatness so maybe the queens can fall into a Super Bowl.

  39. Packer fans are brainwashed to win, so until the Packers are mathematically eliminated, they’re still in-contention. Whether or not they can stay relevant over the course of the remainder of the season has absolutely nothing to do with the fact the Vikings haven’t accomplished anything yet, other than winning one of their bI-annual equivalents of a “SuperBowl” over the Packers. That’s it.

    They don’t have the division wrapped up but you’d sure think they did by reading their overconfident comments.

    I can sit back and watch them “choke” if they can’t go all the way and win the SuperBowl. If they win the division and do nothing else, it’s a choke-job. Their rules.

    This is going to be fun!

  40. andrwken says:
    November 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    I couldn’t care less about the packers. I just love to see their insufferable fan base whine and cry. So thank you very much.

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    You post this and then start throwing down your expert opinion

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    You think I’m an expert? Thank you!

  41. coltluger says:
    November 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    andrwken says:
    November 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    I couldn’t care less about the packers. I just love to see their insufferable fan base whine and cry. So thank you very much.

    —————

    You post this and then start throwing down your expert opinion

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    You think I’m an expert? Thank you!

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    All Viking fans are self appointed Packers experts.

    They typically don’t have anything else to do in January.

    But keep posting on a packer article because you have no interest….

  42. The vikings are in first place using a 3rd string qb. That’s why the vikings are a great team. They’re the definition of a real football team who aren’t dependant on one injury prone qb like China doll Rodgers. It was only week 7 and the packers season is already over. LoL. That’s the difference between the packers and the vikings. The vikings lose their qbs and they’re still a great team who’s punishing their opponents and are in first place. The packers lose their China doll qb in week 7 and the team quits on the season with 9 games left. Im not surprised. Packets choke every year. Zero respect for the embarrassing overrated packers. Much respect to the vikings and good luck in the playoffs. No matter what happens. It will be considered a great year and a positive building block , with a 3rd string qb!!! Keenum is proving all the doubters wrong. He’s the man!

  43. andrwken says:
    November 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    coltluger says:
    November 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    andrwken says:
    November 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    I couldn’t care less about the packers. I just love to see their insufferable fan base whine and cry. So thank you very much.

    —————

    You post this and then start throwing down your expert opinion

    —————

    All Viking fans are self appointed Packers experts.

    They typically don’t have anything else to do in January.

    But keep posting on a packer article because you have no interest….
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    Ma’am,

    PFT put this article under the Vikings header as well as the packers. You sound really angry – it’s obvious that packer football occupies a large part of your life. You have to ask yourself – with all the money and time you’ve spent on the packers, have they ever loved you back?

  44. Rodgers is the biggest complainer.

    He gets hit…he complains….gets hurt complains…no penalty when a receiver doesn’t catch it…complains….a player gets hurt one season (randall cobb I believe)…blames it on the mic’d up thing NFL does..Jory Nelson gets hurt…complains about pre-season…..and complains…..loses in overtime in the plays…complains the rules need to be changed……receivers don’t make plays..complains and blames them for playing too much video games….

    I feel for Rodgers a bit because his front office sucks at putting talent around him. No Defense, average running backs, average WR’s. He is expected to carry the team, but he doesn’t help his cause by complaining about everything.

  45. Viking fans aren’t excited because we think the division is wrapped up. We’re excited because we’re in 1st place AND packer fans now have to admit the truth that their entire franchise success was a house of cards built on the backs of two HoF qb’s they basically lucked into. And your argument that your franchise somehow is somehow a QB whisperer has been put firmly 6 feet under by Hundley’s performances. Your franchise is/was a one trick pony and that pony was put out to pasture to be bottled by Elmer.

  46. How did they ‘luck’ into Favre? That was genius. Wolf was the only guy that believed in him, and paid a high price to get him.

    Rodgers fell to them by good fortune, sure. But in both cases, signifigant work was put in to make them who they were/are. Its not like they arrived as finished products.

    I don’t expect this pattern to continue. And only delusional fans expect another Favre or Rodgers to walk through the doors. I’d do backflips if we simply got another Matt Hasselbeck after Rodgers.

    The Packers have been one of the better franchises of the last 25 years. You can take shots at that all you want, but facts are facts.

    That run is nearing its end, I agree. Serious work needs to be done, and I’m not sure they have the men in place to do it.

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