Clay Matthews: We probably should’ve kept Aaron Rodgers off IR

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Linebacker Clay Matthews said Wednesday what the Packers likely have wondered themselves: Should they have kept Aaron Rodgers on the active roster?

The Packers placed their star quarterback on injured reserve on Oct. 20, the day after he underwent surgery to repair his broken right clavicle. He can return to practice Saturday — technically Friday but the Packers don’t practice Fridays — but not to game action until Dec. 17 at Carolina.

Matthews, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN, said he has seen Rodgers in the rehab group and the quarterback looks so good that “we probably should’ve kept him off IR.”

Rodgers threw during a pregame workout Sunday at Heinz Field, chunking passes as long as 50 yards.

69 responses to “Clay Matthews: We probably should’ve kept Aaron Rodgers off IR

  1. You have to play it safe with the franchise quarterback. Write off this year to ensure Rodgers keeps the Packers relevant for the next 5. And make no mistake …. Rodgers is the ONLY thing keeping them relevant.

  2. Can you imagine a Patriot player second-guessing the Pats brass like that?
    Different team, different culture I guess.

  3. Just because he can throw the ball doesn’t mean he can take a hit on it now. Although I’m sure the refs would/will allow Packers’ OL to hold even more than they already do…

  4. Packers had two choices….Lose in the regular season with Hundley or lose in the playoffs with Rodgers. Either way, neither QB is good enough to get it done.

  5. These next two games are winnable, bring him back for Carolina then two division games and see what happens

    Looking good throwing and Tak ng hits are two different things

  6. Rodgers walks into A Barr says:

    November 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Their record wouldn’t be any different.

    I am pretty convinced you don’t believe what you just typed lol..

  7. doe22us says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I am pretty convinced you don’t believe what you just typed lol..

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    He most likely isn’t 100% sure- but the Vikings would still take the division.

  8. Easy to say that now, when your number two hasn’t gotten hurt, hard to go without an insurance guy for six weeks or more. And did you know back when the decision was made that he would be looking so good now? Of course not. That’s when you should have been spouting off that we should keep him on the roster because I think he can come back in five weeks.

    Also, of course their record still would be the same, Rodgers wasn’t going to play last week, IR or not.

  9. Rodgers’ injury truly exposed how one dimensional the team has been and has forced the Packers to look at their underbelly a bit more. Hopefully it serves them well for the longer term. At least now they don’t have the option to put him in too quickly to try to salvage a season that offers little chance of advancing in the playoff field, and the cards will fall as they may. The hope of this season appears to rest heavy with the defense – and of course one of all the other possible playoff scenarios aligning. Brett Hundley is beginning to r-e-l-a-x in his role behind center, but without a participating defense – forget it.

  10. citizenstrange says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    You have to play it safe with the franchise quarterback. Write off this year to ensure Rodgers keeps the Packers relevant for the next 5
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    And we'll most likely get a top 20 draft pick. Not since 2009.

  11. Rogers was put on IR because realistically he is not ready to start taking NFL hits for a few more weeks. Its great that he can bomb it down the field now. I can not wait for the Vikes to face off against the Pack with Rogers healthy. If the Vikes can’t beat the packers in lambeau; how can we expect to win the SB at the Bank. Another test I expect the Vikes to pass.

  12. Bringing him back, even if he could play this week, would not help secure the division. And even when he was 100% fit, that was only barely enough for the Pack to edge the Cowboys and Bungles. But not the Falcons, and his return alone would not now be enough this year to overcome the Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints or Panthers in the playoffs. You’d be risking Aaron for nothing other than pride.

  13. I enjoy how many people decide to forget the Packers were 4-1 with Rodgers through the tough part of the schedule, but they’ll remember next year when they go back to pissing themselves when they see #12 come through the tunnel.

  14. Rodgers shouldn’t play until the Packers are in position to play for something. They aren’t mathematically out of it yet, but could be very soon. If something Shakespearean occurs, then he can be there when it counts. If it doesn’t, get ready for next year.

  15. Hey Clay, go the the local Hardware Hank. Have the clerk count out 13 screws into your hand. Then imagine those drilled into your collar bone. Do you want to get hammered with that holding your shoulder in place after a few weeks? Didn’t think so.

  16. There was a team in 2010, if I remember right. They were the 6 seed and won the super bowl over the Steelers. All any team needs is to get into the playoffs. Then anything can happen. Vikings fans think making the playoffs is the goal and a win. Championship teams go i to the playoffs hopi.g to hoist a Lombardi trophy. Vikings fans don’t know what it is like to win it all.

  17. I have no dog in the fight, but I get a good chuckle reading the comments of Viking fans, how “they” are going to win the division this year (woo-hoo) and bad mouthing anything to do with Green Bay. This from a fan base of a team that has NEVER won a Superbowl, and considers Teddy “Littlehands” Bridgewater the savior of the team. Maybe they, like Indy,will hang a “NFC Finalist” banner if they manage to get that far…

  18. Is Matthews the doctor or the GM? Maybe his words are being taken out of context. Rodgers is the best QB in the world right now. I think the Packers know what they’re doing. I’m not even close to being a Green Bay fan, but you don’t mess around with Rodgers.

  19. Yeah throwing passes 50 yards is pretty much like playing a full game…… Last thing you want is the defense targeting Rodgers’ collarbone on every hit. Let the man heal and hope McCarthy gets canned. Rodgers deserves at least one more SuperBowl, McCarthy didn’t deserve the first one and definitely doesn’t deserve to be in the same film room as Rodgers. I’m starting to think Ted Thompson needs to go, too.

  20. MrGschwind says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I enjoy how many people decide to forget the Packers were 4-1 with Rodgers through the tough part of the schedule, but they’ll remember next year when they go back to pissing themselves when they see #12 come through the tunnel.
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    I think you’re deciding to forget who the Packers played. The tough part of the schedule? Really, how tough was it?

    1)SeaHawks. Their typical slow-start to the season as usual. This team never clicking until later in the season. This season they are not what everyone expected them to be.

    2)Falcons. An absolute blow-out loss for the Packers. The final score does not reflect how lopsided this game actually was.

    3)The Bengals. Real? The Packers barely squeak out a win at Lambeau. You should be embarrassed. Didn’t they shut you out in the 1st half or something like that?

    4) Bears. Wow.

    5) Cowboys. At the time this seemed like a good win for the Packers. Now we all know how bad the Cowboys really are.

    No one is impressed with that 4-1. No one is going to be pissing themselves when they see #12 come through the tunnel. The rest of #12’s team stinks on every level and #12 isn’t getting any younger.

  21. mnvikes1961 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Funny, I thought Matthews was on IR. Where has he been?
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    We’re rounding into playoff time…and it’s time for his annual groin issues. LOL

  22. If you’re talking about should have’s, you probably should have kept him off the field when you played the Vikings he then he wouldn’t have gotten hurt at all. If you bring him back, maybe consider that for the next Viking game.

    Yup that’s it coach Clay!

  23. The packer probably should not have given Fabio the contract they did too. $15 million for 3 sacks isn’t worth it. He is not in the top 200 players but he appears in the Top 100 every year. Nonsense he also goes to the Pro Bowl every year.5 sacks 20 tackles for 2016 nothing screams Pro Bowl like those numbers. Clay and Dom both need to be replaced. Fabio might get his 5 sacks this season.

  24. I’m so glad we had Clay Matthews provide his expertise on the subject. I don’t know what we would have done otherwise.

  25. Why does it even matter? As a Vikings fan, first of all, I was sorry to see him injured. He is one of the best players in the league. As good as my team is playing this year I would have rather defeated the Packers at the Bank with him playing.

    That being said, him being on IR, not being on IR doesn’t matter. The Packers would have the same record they do now, and he most likely wouldn’t be playing yet anyways. I doubt a doctor would clear him to take in game hits.

    Thirdly, I understand Greenbay is a prideful organization that prides it’s self in making the playoffs every year….do you really want to gamble with your star player? This year is proof that the team is just not good without him. Nothing is. The Defense has always been bad, but when you have ARodge and can score at will, who cares right? The receivers have been exposed as average, they need an Elite QB to put up big numbers, the Offensive Line is average and is now showing how much Rodgers helped them by giving them time. Why gamble your star player? The Packers will be back next year and be better. I’m excited to see both our teams play at full health.

  26. “Bring him back early and make him play. What possibly could go wrong?” – Indianapolis Colts organization.

  27. I agree, get Aaron back on the field ASAP. We will most definitely win the SB. It doesn’t matter that the rest of our team is bad, Aaron will cover up those deficiencies and lead us to the promise land. This is what every packer fan is thinking. I hope rodgers finds his way back to the field, and his first game is against the Vikings. Be careful of what you wish for packer fan. Dilly, Dilly #dontlookatme

  28. They should’ve also put Clay on injured reserve for his entire career 3 years ago…get paid 10+ every year for 4 sacks. You know he’s raking in the dough with his endorsements, too.

  29. It isn’t just about the throwing, it is mainly about the healing of the bone, if he comes back too soon and takes a hit he will re-injure himself and could do more damage, even permanent damage. I am certainly no fan of the Packers but I would think Rodgers at 34 is too valuable to the team for the next 3-4 years to take that risk? The rest of the team is not Super Bowl caliber but with smart drafting and some key F.A. signings next year and a healthy Rodgers they would be. JMO.

  30. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    citizenstrange says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    You have to play it safe with the franchise quarterback. Write off this year to ensure Rodgers keeps the Packers relevant for the next 5
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    And we'll most likely get a top 20 draft pick. Not since 2009.

    ____________________________________________________________________
    And TT will screw that pick up too.

  31. “Can you imagine a Patriot player…”
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    This may come as a shock, but no one south of Connecticut imagines Patriot players doing anything.

  32. MannamedJay says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    I have no dog in the fight, but I get a good chuckle reading the comments of Viking fans, how “they” are going to win the division this year (woo-hoo) and bad mouthing anything to do with Green Bay. This from a fan base of a team that has NEVER won a Superbowl, and considers Teddy “Littlehands” Bridgewater the savior of the team. Maybe they, like Indy,will hang a “NFC Finalist” banner if they manage to get that far…

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    Sounds like a bitter lions fan

  33. Since the Vikings have all but wrapped up the division, and also since the wild card won’t come from the NFC Central, there is no need whatsoever to bring Rodgers back and expose him to possible more serious injury. Any fan who says otherwise just doesn’t get it. Rodgers has many good years left in him…why risk all of that?

  34. #12 is a sure-fire Hall of Famer w/ more years in the tank.

    The risk of a re-injury would be a long-term catastrophe for the organization. Football is a violent sport. Just because you can throw, does not mean you can take hits.

    Treat like the All-Pro, Hall-of-Fame QB that he is.

  35. flviking says:

    November 30, 2017 at 9:41 am

    MannamedJay says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    I have no dog in the fight, but I get a good chuckle reading the comments of Viking fans, how “they” are going to win the division this year (woo-hoo) and bad mouthing anything to do with Green Bay. This from a fan base of a team that has NEVER won a Superbowl, and considers Teddy “Littlehands” Bridgewater the savior of the team. Maybe they, like Indy,will hang a “NFC Finalist” banner if they manage to get that far…

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

    Sounds like a bitter lions fan

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    The Lions have never made the Superbowl or won one. Not every fan is bad mouthing Green Bay. As a Vikings fan I consider them a worthy opponent and didn’t enjoy seeing Rodgers get hurt.

    And before you insult a fanbase why not actually get the facts straight. Very little Vikings fans want Teddy to play. In fact most are very happy with how Case Kneenum is playing and are behind him. He is not a great QB, but our team is playing good as a team and they are helping Case be in a position where he can actually be effective. He is playing better than Teddy ever did!

    Don’t blanket statement all Vikings fans into a category because it simply isn’t true. Every fanbase has annoying fans.

    You sound annoying to be honest.

  36. Seriously, TT & MM have been riding the Rodger’s Train for years. Pieces have not been put around him & the coaching has been sub-par FOR YEARS. That has to be taxing.

    Pressuring the guy to come back could actually drive him out of the organization.

    You don’t want this guy to pull a Favre on you.

  37. I’m pretty sure a loss to the Bucs on Sunday it will put any talk of a comeback this season to rest. Even if he was 100% healthy and could play, the Packers would absolutely not win the last 5 games. Their schedule is very tough.

  38. Hey you dont get a say in this, your the guy on the sidelines again missing important games with a groin injury. If Ted renews your contract then he is an idiot. Your miss more games that a Rogers with a broken collarbone.

    If you cant win without Rogers then point fingers at your GM. The Vikes lost top Qb, in one day went out and got Bradford. went out and got Keenum as a backup so they have two number one picks and a journeyman at QB to fall back on. You got Hundley who looks lost at times.

  39. anarchopurplism says:
    November 30, 2017 at 9:58 am
    Seriously, TT & MM have been riding the Rodger’s Train for years. Pieces have not been put around him & the coaching has been sub-par FOR YEARS. That has to be taxing.

    Pressuring the guy to come back could actually drive him out of the organization.

    You don’t want this guy to pull a Favre on you.

    ……………………………………………………………………..

    You are a wise man. This is a one horse team. If he does come back because he wants to play savior, I hope he goes down again. My take it will be too late. The pack will lose one of the next two and its over totally over.

  40. You don’t want this guy to pull a Favre on you.
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    Force him to make a premature decision
    Freak out when you realize he made the wrong one
    Offer a bribe to keep him on the sideline
    Block him from playing, forcing the Commisioner to intervene
    Meet with him, still freak out
    Offer him the chance to win his job, despite being adamant that you moved on
    Take a lesser deal in trade for fear of him playing against you in 2008
    Try and absolve yourself from all blame in the situation

    … yes, lets not repeat this situation. That was enough front office mismanagement for one lifetime.

  41. I’m glad the belief here is that Rodgers wants to play.

    I hope it doesn’t happen.

    If there was actual clarity as to what the surgery was, as to whether or not he REALLY got 12 screws put in, I may inclined to believe otherwise. But if that really is true, I don’t see how or why they would even entertain bringing him back this year.

    It would be one thing if they were 13-1, and staring at a Championship run. Thats not who they are. They are limping to the finish line with an undermanned roster and an incompetent coaching staff.

    There is no point in risking reinjury at the end of a wasted season.

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