Earl Thomas doesn’t believe Aaron Rodgers is injured

AP

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played very well in recent weeks, despite a calf injury.  So how has Rodgers played so well with the injury?

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has an apparent theory:  Rodgers isn’t injured at all.

“I’m not buying into this leg issue,” safety Earl Thomas told reporters on Thursday.  “I’m not buying into it.  I saw him scramble close to the goal line on the Cowboys, so he’s not fooling me with that.”

Reminded that Rodgers still didn’t look like his usual self, Thomas didn’t budge.

“I’m not falling into that,” Thomas said.  “I’m on my own road regardless.  I’m on my road regardless.”

The deeper message from Thomas may be that he’s not going to allow himself to think that he’ll be facing anything other than a fully-functioning Aaron Rodgers.

“We know he’s a little banged up but he looks just fine to me in that last game — he was making most of his throws, he didn’t scramble as much and get out of the pocket as he’s done in the past, but for the most part, he’s making all of his throws and he looks just fine,” linebacker K.J. Wright told reporters.  “So we’re going to treat him like he’s healthy and like he’s 100 percent.”

Added safety Kam Chancellor:   “That’s the mentality you’ve got to have. . . .  You don’t want any surprises so just go in with that mentality, and you won’t be surprised.

It’s smart to assume Rodgers will be healthy, since it’ll be much easier to adjust to Rodgers being less mobile than it will to be to adjust to quarterback who can both throw and run at the highest levels.

113 responses to “Earl Thomas doesn’t believe Aaron Rodgers is injured

  1. So basically the point of this article is that they are just trying to be as prepared as possible for the game whose winner will advance to the big dance. Groundbreaking revelation.

  2. No one believes it. Rodgers is such a baby. More physically talented than favre, but I’d take favre 9/10. Gains his teammates respect and plays 110% every game. You wouldn’t even hear about this if it was Favre. To top it all off, Packers’ fans act like Favre wasn’t even close to as good as Rodgers.

  3. Hey may not be injured, but he is definitely hurt. He only used his legs in emergencies last week. Seattle isn’t going to treat him any differently if he was either.

    Good Luck to both teams. I would like to see GB shock many of the people who aren’t really giving them any chance.

  4. Even an injured Rodgers is Dangerous. But, if SEA can pressure him, & I think they will, we will all see how he handles it. I expect Seattle to easily win this game. Murray had a big game against the GB D & so will Lynch. Expect a win by 10 or more points by SEA.

  5. This isn’t surprising, given the constant stream of conspiracy theories coming out Seattle all the time! They’re all paranoid on that team, among other things.

  6. Can someone ask Thomas why he feels the need to pose after even the most basic of plays? You intercept a pass then celebrate, making a tackle after a 6 yard gain on first and ten isn’t a situation where you need to pose for the cameras.

  7. Who cares what any one thinks. Bring a blitz on Aaron all game. Pressure all day with crowd noise. Wagner and kam to stop lacy.
    It’s our house it’s our conference

  8. Seattle knows that this weekend will pit their defense against the best quarterback they have faced all season, including week one.

  9. Rindell says:
    Jan 15, 2015 7:34 PM
    Aaron Rodgers doesn’t believe Earl Thomas can return a punt.

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    As a Seahawks fan I can tell you that IF that is what Aaron Rodgers thought, then Aaron Rodgers would be correct.

    I can also tell you that Aaron Rodgers is well aware that Earl Thomas doesn’t return punts and IS the best FS in football.

    Go Hawks.

  10. Earl T. is still trying to clear his head from when he “tried” to stop Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone only to bounce of him like a little beotch.

  11. Based on the way Rodgers played in the second half vs. the Cowboys, who would believe he’s injured? Of course, Earl knows he’s injured, but the Hawks also know that an injured Aaron Rodgers is still better than most QBs in the NFL.

  12. Rodgers is the best QB in the game and plays for the best team on earth. He could play with both strained calves and still win. Don’t know why the see-hawks-lose will even want to show up,

  13. Trying to make something out of nothing. Now you know why Marshawn treats the media the way he does.

  14. Seattle knows that this weekend will pit their defense against the best quarterback they have faced all season, including week one.

    You mean the same QB we faced and beat earlier in the season. Yuh….we ain’t worried. Bring it on!

  15. Truenorth. Unbeliever is typically associated with religion. Non-believer is associated with not agreeing with another’s perspective. However, both are acceptable. It appears your education isn’t as thorough as you believed.

  16. Like I said earlier, Rodgers’ camp is desperate for that MVP. They are milking this leg injury in hopes of getting more MVP votes. I’m sure all the quarterbacks are banged up right now. I mean look at Brady’s eye and how red shot it was after the Ravens game. Nobody is talking about that. Yet all the injury talk is focused on poor Aaron Rodgers and his leg.

  17. These days in the NFL anything goes and it’s best to adopt an attitude such as Thomas’s and play your best rather than buying into some of the head games and go into the game just cruise’n because you have underestimated your opponent.
    Should be a great game, probably will be better than the Superbowl!

  18. Packers are much improved on the O-line (perhaps most cohesive in the NFL), have a 3rd WR they didn’t have in week 1, a run-defense that has played pretty well down the stretch and a healthy Lacy.

    Seahawks have lost Harvin and Mebane (not much, I know) and Richardson and have WR’s that scare you about as much as Oakland’s. Pundits have the Seahawks winning this easily. The reality is GB wins, 29-22. Highlight of Seattle’s day is making one 2-point conversion.

  19. Yeah, it is Green Bay’s plan to hold Rodgers out of practice for the playoffs to throw off the opponent. Thomas is really good player, but not much of a thinker.

  20. Earl Thomas could add 2 + 2 100 times and not get the same answer twice. Just like average Seadderal fan.

  21. Weird, sun must have been shining on only his left eye that day. Please Rodgers, shut the legion of bums and the since 2012th man up, they talk too much

  22. I lived in Seattle during some of the bad football years, and I can assure you that there were very few fans. No one cared. Seattle was not a great sports town. Now there’s lots of fans due to the success. Hey I get it, it’s fun to watch the hometown team do go. The Hawks are a legit NFL monster! But chill on the trash talk Hawks fan, come on, be a little more humble. Don’t act like “New Money”.

  23. patsfan112 says:
    Jan 15, 2015 8:45 PM
    Like I said earlier, Rodgers’ camp is desperate for that MVP. They are milking this leg injury in hopes of getting more MVP votes. I’m sure all the quarterbacks are banged up right now. I mean look at Brady’s eye and how red shot it was after the Ravens game. Nobody is talking about that. Yet all the injury talk is focused on poor Aaron Rodgers and his leg.

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    You seem to know a lot. Like when MVP voting is done. At the end of the regular season.

  24. Ya here’s another stategy, he doesn’t practice and hone his passing and timing before the big game either. None of the packers are practicing, its a new strategy to confuse the other team…………………

  25. I can’t wait to see BAMBAM, take out nelson trying to go over the middle! Just like thomas in the superbowl…This game will be over by halftime.

  26. patsfan112 says:
    Jan 15, 2015 8:45 PM

    Like I said earlier, Rodgers’ camp is desperate for that MVP. They are milking this leg injury in hopes of getting more MVP votes. I’m sure all the quarterbacks are banged up right now. I mean look at Brady’s eye and how red shot it was after the Ravens game. Nobody is talking about that. Yet all the injury talk is focused on poor Aaron Rodgers and his leg.
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    MVP voting ended with the regular season. So, I don’t really think your theory holds any water.

  27. Everything about Rodgers is phony, from his high-profile self-promoting charities to his beard, Olivia Somebody, to his this latest fake injury. I despise the narcissistic arrogant borderline personality no matter what his stats say. He is pure punk with a giant chip on his shoulder that it would be great to see knocked off along with his throwing arm.

  28. The most utterly unlikeable team of the last 30 years. The only thing less likable than the team is their fans.

    I remember when no one had a bad thing to say about the Seahawks or their fans. They seemed like a gutty, hard working bunch.

    Then, whoops, they won the Super Bowl. And now their crap don’t stink and screw you anyway if it does.

    It’s not a good look. You spent decades carping about how other successful teams and their fans acted and then you acted the exact same way when you won.

    What, no mirrors in your house?

  29. A-Rod indeed will be the best quality QB the Hawks have seen this year and it will be a battle for sure.

    I recall a lot of doubters last year as well, who didn’t give this team a chance against statistically the greatest offense in the NFL _ever_.

    We all know how that turned out.

  30. Let’s look at Seattle’s offense running all over that sorry excuse for a defense in GB. The league is so far behind Seattle it’s embarrassing for the other 31 teams. The AFC is so bad again the NFC Championship game is this years Super Bowl. I hope Rodgers plays healthy so as when the Seahawks dismantle them there is no excuse.
    Go Hawks!

  31. Rodgers is doing his best Big Ben impression. He moves decent during the play and then limps to the huddle. Thought packer fans were better than niners and cowboy fans but they’re coming with the same tired smack talk. Seahawks fans are bandwagon, arrogant, annoying, the hawks don’t win with class. Yeah we’ve heard it all before and the packers will be sent home just like everybody else. Look forward to seeing a lot of Seahawks coverage the next 3 weeks as they move on to Super Bowl 49 and a repeat. Yeah, we’re arrogant and yeah the hawks are that good.

  32. Gotta laugh at everyone saying GB will win, or that Seattle is afraid of Rodgers. Look at his stats. He’s thrown 1 touchdown in Seattle in his last 2 games here. 8 quarters: 1 touchdown. GB only averages 21 points on the road, down 17 points from their home average. Injured Rodgers only scored 26 points last week. Meanwhile Seattle’s defense holds teams to less than their averages. Last year Seattle “8” the MVP in the Super Bowl, I’m thinking this year’s MVP will be “9” at most. Look for a 20+ point win by Seattle. And as for Seattle’s fans: Seattle’s been in the playoffs 9 times since joining the NFC in 2002 to GB’s 10 times, Seattle’s been to the SB 2 times and counting to GB’s 1 appearance. If GB fans weren’t aware of Seattle before 2011 it tells me the GB fan jumped on the bandwagon after GB’s 2010 SB appearance. Here’s to a great game and may the best team win.

  33. Earl Thomas… Good player, bad critical thinking skills.

    It was said a while ago on this very site that a Rodgers who can’t run just lowers Rodgers to the level of a Brady who can’t run anyway.

    It’s not that he’s not injured Earl, it’s that he’s so good that he can put up MVP caliber performances whether he’s able to run or not.

  34. Earl Thomas doesn’t know his left from his right. lol lol But that would be awesome if Rogers has been playing possum these few games!! That would be so cool!! Come Sunday he’s scrambling, dodging, extending plays!! The would be a classic!! I I really hope it’s true! And Rogers smokes’em lol That would be brilliant on Rogers part! lol lol

  35. “I lived in Seattle during some of the bad football years, and I can assure you that there were very few fans. No one cared.”

    That must be why in 1984 the team, at the suggestion of then-GM Mike McCormick, retired the #12 to honor the Seahawks rabid fan base, the first and only NFL team to do so.

    Because “no one cared,” you assure me. Right…

  36. alpharogueleader says: Jan 15, 2015 10:02 PM

    I lived in Seattle during some of the bad football years, and I can assure you that there were very few fans. No one cared. Seattle was not a great sports town.

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    I have lived in Seattle for over 40 years, and even when the Seahawks were bad they had fan support. Saying that it’s all just bandwagon fans is simply not true.

  37. I love how this site likes to take stuff way out of context. He never said he didn’t believe he’s injured. He’s just saying He’s not buying into it having much effect on his ability to play well.

  38. I generally dislike the term “hater”. It is used to attack the messenger, rather than the argument.
    But I can’t think of a better word to describe this vitriol towards Rodgers, who has always been a first class man and player.
    Or is this just that Viking/Packer thing again?
    It is really tedious.

  39. Wow, lots of hate out there.

    The team with the most points at the end of the game wins regardless of what mindless comments are made here.

    Hope you feel better.

  40. Aaron Rodgers gets the NFL’s Faker of the Year Award, recognition awarded annually to the prima dona who feigns a crisis in order to focus spotlight on himself, usually in a favorable or heroic light.

  41. Seagulls have the best D in the league. These two QB are the top two in league, with a healthy Rodgers having the edge. This should be a good game. I want the winner to be the one that has a better chance to bring a win to the NFC. I also hope that Colts can put an end to the NE cheaters this weekend.

  42. Wait….this game is at Lambeau? There is no way the NFL lets arrogant Rodgers and the brainwashed Packers lose at Lambeau. No Way.

    Im rooting for the Seahawks, but theres no chance the beat the NFL’s most favored team.

  43. reality, imo, the only way Seattle doesn’t win is if they mentally look past GB and Rodgers. Obviously this is not going to happen.

    Tremendous defense, great running game, and a QB who can manage the game. Versus a good defense, a great running game and a great QB.

    But the advantage is to Seattle, unless they are not mentally prepared as they seemed to be at the beginning of the season.

  44. This is part of the pity party established by the pack faithful.

    REAL MVPs don’t need nor desire the media hype about an injury.

    Erin’s own comments about the “injury” only add to the drama that is Erin.

    According to Erin, “she ISN’T getting better”.

    Parcells would bench her…..him…..whatever.

  45. “I would like to see GB shock many of the people who aren’t really giving them any chance.”
    I would love to see Green Bay win and shock ALL the people who dont give them a chance to win.Seattle is not unbeatable as their four losses proves,it just takes a team to play near pefect football for four quarters along with a great game plan and lots of talent.

  46. Your right Earl, this is the ultimate long con. Rodgers has been pretending to be injured for weeks on end, just so you will be caught slightly off guard in the NFC championship game.

  47. Someone said in here that they would rather have Favre!

    Apparently they have neve seen Favre throw 6 picks in a playoff game. (St. Louis) His career with Packers and Queens ending with playoff picks.

    No, I think I’ll take Rodgers, the Hawks would rather see Favre lol.

  48. “I mean look at Brady’s eye and how red shot it was after the Ravens game.”
    That was nothing,you should have seen how red his eyes were after losing to the Packers at Lambeau.he cried,he yelled,he moaned all because he got beat by an inferior team he expected to take behind the woodshed just like the Seahags expect to do Sunday.

  49. Earl Thomas… Good player, bad critical thinking skills.

    It was said a while ago on this very site that a Rodgers who can’t run just lowers Rodgers to the level of a Brady who can’t run anyway.

    It’s not that he’s not injured Earl, it’s that he’s so good that he can put up MVP caliber performances whether he’s able to run or not.

  50. alpharogueleader says:Jan 15, 2015 10:02 PM

    I lived in Seattle during some of the bad football years, and I can assure you that there were very few fans. No one cared. Seattle was not a great sports town. Now there’s lots of fans due to the success. Hey I get it, it’s fun to watch the hometown team do go. The Hawks are a legit NFL monster! But chill on the trash talk Hawks fan, come on, be a little more humble. Don’t act like “New Money”.
    ********
    You’re taking about the latter half of the Ken Behrin years. The owner who tried everything to move the team to California. Alienating fans, on purpose, to show their was no support for the team. I supported the Seahawks from their inception, and always will to a point. Ken was that point. I sure as hell wasn’t going to give my money to a man who was so cavalier with this team, my team. He saw more money in California. Paul Allen stepped in and did what Ken refused to do.

    The Seahawks were sold out every year from day one in 1976 and had about 20K people on the list waiting for season tickets to open up. It dried up a due to Behring for obvious reasons. Paul Allen stepped in and everything went back to normal.

    There was a lack of support but, Ken Behring made it so. Not because the fans were disinterested in the team in general.

    That said, this is an anonymous message board. Don’t take comments from the over zealous crowd, from all fan bases, too seriously.

  51. Rodgers is playing hurt. But he is not playing the hurt in the way that Kirk Gibson played hurt or Willis Reed played hurt.

    Rodgers obviously warmed up in the 2nd half and could move around without wincing.

    The Seahawks are a great D because they prepare for everything. That is what they are doing here.

  52. Remember that year when Reggie White was playing for the Packers and was supposed to have such a bad leg injury that he could barely walk… and then came out and singlehandedly wrecked the Bears? I do.

  53. It’s 4:30 p.m. when Scottie Pippen sees Jordan emerge from a side door of the Delta Center. “The way he looked, there’s no way I thought he could even put on his uniform,” Pippen would say. “I’d never seen him like that. He looked bad — I mean really bad.”

    Shut up Rodgers.

  54. You guys are 13-12 in the playoffs lifetime and have a franchise record under .500. One Super Bowl win. And you are arrogant and admit it? You make me wonder if you just started watching the Hawks after Marshawns monster earthquake run (which was awesome I admit).

    I have seen some comments from True Long time Hawks fans. I do know they exist and appreciate the honestly and humble nature of them. But when I see posts like this, it screams “bandwagon”.

  55. bridgeh2o, I’ve heard Rodgers say very little about it, and McCarthy say very little about it, although I live several states away…. The only people making this a bid deal are the media, and Seattle fans that seem to think that he’s whining about it (which he’s not). He’s asked questions, he answers them, which is what he’s told he’s supposed to do by the NFL. At the end of the day, it’s not about who says what before a game, or during, it’s how they play the game that’s important.

    Hopefully the Seahawks aren’t looking past the Packers to the Super Bowl as much as the Seattle fans are, because they have a very strong team coming to town to try to derail that train. Week 1 doesn’t matter, the Fail Mary game doesn’t matter, and right now the Super Bowl doesn’t matter. The Lions acted like they were sure they were going to win the division against the Pack in week 17. They didn’t. The Cowboys thought they were going to win in Lambeau last week. They didn’t. This is by no means an easy game for the Hawks, and they would be smart not to treat it like it was.

  56. when he rolled to the left and missed a wide open adams by 7-8 yards, i knew he wasn’t 100% Rodgers doesn’t miss by that much on wide open WRs.

  57. nvl004 says:
    Jan 16, 2015 11:48 AM
    when he rolled to the left and missed a wide open adams by 7-8 yards, i knew he wasn’t 100% Rodgers doesn’t miss by that much on wide open WRs.

    —-

    Exactly. He’s not Bridgewater, for christ’s sake.

  58. Earl sure will put a hammer on one leg guy Rodgers soft calfs and make him go to sleep. It’ll be the worse feeling for Rodgers, wishing he had never play that game on Sunday. LOL!!!!!

  59. Why do people take such pride in being a “fan?” isn’t that just cheering on a bunch of dudes that play in a particular geographic location, doing something you cant? kind of insulting to be considered a great fan, actually.

  60. Come Sunday, if Seattle repeats as Conference Champions for the 2nd straight year, all you Seattle hater’s man up and return here once again. Yeah, I’ll not be holding my breath!

    Go HAWKS!!

  61. I don’t think he’s really saying Rodgers is not injured, he’s just saying he’s not injured that bad and they Hawks will play him like he is fully healthy.

    Never under estimate your opponent!

    Go Hawks!

    #RePete

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