Packers unsure whether Aaron Rodgers will play this week

Getty Images

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is eligible to return from injured reserve and play against the Panthers on Sunday, but no decision has yet been made on whether he will.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers underwent tests today and is now being evaluated by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie and other medical professionals before a decision is made about his availability.

“There’s a number of scans, testing that went in this morning,” McCarthy said. “It’s now in the evaluation stage. Dr. McKenzie is reviewing it. There’s a number of medical opinions involved in the decision. So at this time, I do not have a clean decision for you or an update.”

McCarthy joked that he’ll be pressuring the medical staff to let him know as soon as possible.

“If I don’t know tomorrow, they’re going to be putting Pat McKenzie on IR,” McCarthy said.

Rodgers last played in Week Six, when he suffered a broken collarbone against the Vikings.

76 responses to “Packers unsure whether Aaron Rodgers will play this week

  1. You can’t say there is no reason to rush him back, as if he doesn’t play against Carolina the Packers are done for the season. On the other hand, they’ll likely be done even if Rodgers comes back.

    So, best not to rush it and make it worse. He’s gonna get hit against both Carolina and Minnesota, so if he’s not ready medically, it’ll be counter productive to start him.

  2. I’d say don’t rush him back. Everyone knows now that the Packers are the class of the North.

    It’s not like the Packers won’t win the division the next 5 years straight if he stays healthy.

  3. If he can play, play him. The season isn’t over until it’s over. It’s hard to believe that a team that needed overtime to beat one of the worst NFL teams in history could win their last three games by adding one player, but that seems to be the case.

    #runthetable

  4. Way too early for the team doctors and McCarthy to just say he’ll be back. It’s a bone break, if it’s healed he’ll be in and if he’s in the offense will be light years better than with Hundley. Of course the problem with running the table is that defense of Dom’s…Once he’s leading the first team on Wednesday everyone will know. Go Pack Go!

  5. It is amazing how many people are jealous of AR and Brady. Of course, they are the two smartest guys in the NFL, make millions of dollars, and date/marry the most beautiful women on the planet. That’s way too much for the average basement dwelling commenter, who is jealous of anyone who lives above ground.

  6. codylaws says:
    December 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    Dream dead for Packas fans. He ain’t coming back. Actually, he’ll bee playing for a different team next year, sources say.
    _________________________________________
    If Packers fans bee dreaming you bee fantasizing. Aaron Rodgers will bee back with the Packers, if it’s not to bee this year, it will bee for at least thee next five seeasons.
    I hope you bee OK and that didn’t sting too much. We’ll bee seeing you lol.

  7. I wouldn’t bring him back yes I am a Vikings fan and want no part of him coming back. He should just rehab and come back next year he has carried the Packers so much and get nothing but bad defenses for his trouble. I look forward to a rodg next year the Viking Packer games are not the same without him.

  8. 13 screws and only couple months is risking alot to have to return to football so soon. I had a cousin who has injured at 16 and had 7 screws in his collarbone and wasnt allowed to play basketball for 8 months. Course that was basketball and probably slightly different /injury. Still that isnt 300lb guys trying to throw him down.

  9. Looks like Tony Romo all over again..if Rodgers plays against that defense, he’s going to get hard and often..for his own good, shut him down for this season

  10. As a GB shareholder, my feelings are that if I were AR, I have played my last game as a Packer. Why? Because for so long as Ted Thompson remains the GM, he will not have the supporting cast which will allow him to win another SB. Thompson is CHEAP, never talks to the press unless mandated to do so by rule, and tosses McCarthy under the bus.

    AR, please demand a trade, preferably to Jacksonville. They have an up and coming team which you can lead to the Promised Land.

  11. Decision probably became a lot tougher yesterday. Wentz went down, Vikings didn’t look good, Seahawks didn’t look good… NFC looks wide open and a red-hot Rodgers could storm through it. But the teams he will/could face (Panthers, Vikings, possibly Rams, Eagles, Seahawks, Vikings/Panthers a second time) all have great defensive lines that will try to hit the snot out of him. If he’s 100% healthy it makes sense to bring him back and make a run at the suddenly-vulnerable NFC. If he’s 80% or 90% or 99% or anything less than 100% they need to shut him down for the season and play the long game. The Packers know they always have a chance with a healthy Rodgers, so a healthy Rodgers needs to be their decision-making MO.

  12. Yesterday, Hundley completed 76.1% of his passes for 265 yards, 3 TDs, 0 Ints, and had 31 yards rushing, and it still took overtime to beat Cleveland. Is Rodgers really going to make that much of a difference?

  13. Also something to keep in mind: Rodgers is around the 10th-highest paid player in the NFL, behind guys like Joe Flacco and Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr. I wouldn’t be surprised if that factors into his decision making. If he risks further injury, re-breaks his collarbone, and is never the same he’ll cost himself millions. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits it out since there is no new deal inked.

  14. I would like to welcome Aaron back from the dead. But that’s not my style.

  15. How can my Packers be a one-man team without that one man? Aaron has to come back now. He is our identity. It’s who we are. He is our everything. Our only thing.

  16. Both Rodgers and Hundley should play. Play Hundley for the most part and when they bog down and need a free 15 yard roughing penalty or some other free yardage, just put Rodgers in. The refs will provide the lift they need to compete, then Hundley can play again so Rodgers doesn’t get another owee.

  17. It’s a mistake to bring him back. Short term and long term. Let the team rebuild from the top down. Don’t let Rodgers come back and save McCarthy’s job (again). If you want Rodgers to win another Superbowl it has to be without McCarthy and Thompson. Both forgot what it’s like to work hard for your job, they’ve gotten too comfortable.

  18. “If Packas make the playoffs I’ll eat my own…”
    ——–

    There wouldn’t be anything left of you.

  19. By all means, bring Rodgers back before he’s 100% healed. That worked really well for Tony Romo. Like Romo, Rodgers is one hard hit away from possibly ending his career. I’m sure that swiss cheese offensive line will do a good job of protecting him. Go ahead and risk his (and the Packers’) future while still clinging to that 5% chance of making the playoffs this year.

  20. Considering how well the packers did in AR’s first six games the chances are strong they would lose two out of three anyway.

  21. The Packers are like a top-level race car. All aspects and components of the car are fine-tuned and are designed to work in collaboration. The car has been very successful in the past……..with a specific driver. The car doesn’t corner as well, stop as fast, accelerate in turns as aggressively, or snake in-and-out of traffic as effectively…….when a different driver gets behind the wheel. It’s still a wonderful car. It’s the same car. But it is misidentified as a poor performer with a different driver. It needs a specific driver. The differences aren’t as apparent in other cars racing for other teams, because you’re comparing them (Fords and Chevy’s) with the Packers (Ferrari’s and Porsche’s.) So, the answer is yes, Rodgers should play as soon as he is ready and yes, he can make a difference.

  22. Considering how well the packers did in AR’s first six games the chances are strong they would lose two out of three anyway.
    ——–
    They had one loss on the season when he went down and were leading the division. What are you talking about?

  23. Yesterday, Hundley completed 76.1% of his passes for 265 yards, 3 TDs, 0 Ints, and had 31 yards rushing, and it still took overtime to beat Cleveland. Is Rodgers really going to make that much of a difference?
    ——-
    Teddy, remember a few weeks back when a terrible bears team took the Vikings to the last play of the game and nearly pulled out the W? That’s why they say any given Sunday my friend.

  24. Wouldn’tbe anything left for me bc the Packas eat all their own…? Lol
    ——–
    Now I feel bad for laughing at you. It’s alright bud….work with the hand you’re dealt….we’re pulling for you.

  25. People can be really ignorant with all this back and forth….even if the Packers win out it looks like it will take 11 wins to get in the NFC side of it. The Packets are as cautious as any team in the NFL when it comes to medical decisions….if there is any doubt from the medical staff he will not play period end of story…..if he is cleared he will play because that’s the type of competitor he is…..

  26. Somehow I just think that there is some politics playing in here with a future contract/ verses playing now and risking that…. However I have to say he has been one of the greatest QBs I have seen play…. Do what you think is best Aaron.

  27. Probably the worst team for a guy with a freshly screwed collarbone to come back against. Shut him down for the year, fire Capers and build the D.

  28. Wow, the Viking fan fear is nuts. I can’t believe how scared of Rodgers Vikings fans are. I mean, i knew they were scared of Rodgers, just not as scared as they have let show this season. It’s just a game, a form of entertainment. Don’t let it rule your lives.

  29. Wow, the Viking fan fear is nuts. I can’t believe how scared of Rodgers Vikings fans are. I mean, i knew they were scared of Rodgers, just not as scared as they have let show this season. It’s just a game, a form of entertainment. Don’t let it rule your lives.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Fear?? Most of us WANT him to come back just to end his season. I’m rooting for the Pack this week just for the chance at this moment.

  30. mclovin07 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm
    Fear?? Most of us WANT him to come back just to end his season. I’m rooting for the Pack this week just for the chance at this moment.
    ///////////////////////////////

    Of course you do. It’s your SuperBowl. Everybody knows that.

  31. After watching the beatdown the Panther defense put on Case Keenum yesterday, I wouldn’t blame the Packers for keeping Rodgers inactive.

    Even if the Packers win out, there are too many teams in front of them to think that 10-6 is an automatic playoff birth. It’s a risky move, and the Packers don’t have the supporting cast around Rodgers to make a serious playoff run. I think he’ll play, and I hope he doesn’t re-injure that collarbone.

  32. Real playoff teams control their own destiny. They don’t have to hope to win out and then pray for about 20 other scenarios to take place to make the playoffs like the Packers. Maybe they should just focus on trying to beat the Panthers on the road this week before they worry about everything else. This whole charade should be over by about 3:15pm this Sunday.

  33. pwellz says:
    December 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    Hundley has won back to back games, ride the hot hand, baby!
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    It was the Buc’s and Browns. If I remember that both of those QB’S did a bone headed play that gave the Pack the win. Yes a win is a win, but Cam will not do that sort of dumb play.

  34. He’s playing. End of story. MM and Ted T know dam well the season is over going against a Panthers team that just beat the Vikes. Hundley would be fed his un born if he had to carry this team.
    Unless either Rogers or the doctors are iffy he is playing

  35. darkneptune73 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    It makes no sense to play Rodgers when you are barely hanging on in the playoff race and you are a long shot in making it. Save him for 2018.
    ————————————————————————————————
    U made the assumption the packer org has sense to begin with. Hey if he doesnt play the fans dont show up for game two or three and everything goes into the dumpster starting sunday when in fact they can try and make the dream last

  36. leatherface2012 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    watch, he’ll start and then have a non contact acl tear, which he’ll blame on anyone but himself

    ______________________________________________________

    Why would he blame himself for such an injury? There would be nothing on his part to blame; but, since we’re going down that road, who/what did Bridgewater blame when it happened to him? I certainly don’t remember him blaming himself for him own failure to prevent his knee from literally falling apart.

  37. coltluger says:
    December 12, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Who cares? Meaningless team.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Meaningless? At every mention of them, you rush right in to delight us all with your violet vitriol. Face it, the Packers mean more to you than any other team ever has or ever will.

  38. shlort says:

    December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Wow, the Viking fan fear is nuts. I can’t believe how scared of Rodgers Vikings fans are. I mean, i knew they were scared of Rodgers, just not as scared as they have let show this season. It’s just a game, a form of entertainment. Don’t let it rule your lives.
    ====================================================================================

    Keep telling yourself that. Repeating it ad nauseum does not make it any more true. The team, nor its fans are afraid od a Rodgers led packers team. In the last 4 games, they are 3-1 against this team, 3 of which, Rodgers played the whole game.

    I for one, hope AR starts against the Panthers. That defense is very good and aggressive. AR will take many, many shots in that game. Who knows what could happen? If not, the Vikes will finish the job.

  39. Dilly Dilly says:

    December 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Rodgers, the Packers, and the fans are NOT afraid of the Vikings. But I do smell fear in all of the troll posts here, as well as they should.

    ——————-

    Maybe you should be afraid. The Vikings have defeated more .500 or above teams in the NFC, than any other team. We have defeated the Falcons, the Rams, the Saints, Ravens, The Lions, Redskins, The Packers.

    We beat a Falcons team a few weeks ago, who embarrassed the packers in Week 2 or 3 and they were super close to beating a Carolina team who beat the Patriots earlier his year. Maybe your team should be scared. The Rams, Falcons and Saints arguably have better offenses than the Packers with or without Rodgers and the Vikings shut them all down. I get that your an arrogant fan base, but you not being “scared of the Vikings” Is not going to prevent them from taking their best shot and ending your season.

  40. stellarperformance says:
    December 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    The Packers are like a top-level race car. All aspects and components of the car are fine-tuned and are designed to work in collaboration. The car has been very successful in the past……..with a specific driver. The car doesn’t corner as well, stop as fast, accelerate in turns as aggressively, or snake in-and-out of traffic as effectively…….when a different driver gets behind the wheel. It’s still a wonderful car. It’s the same car. But it is misidentified as a poor performer with a different driver. It needs a specific driver. The differences aren’t as apparent in other cars racing for other teams, because you’re comparing them (Fords and Chevy’s) with the Packers (Ferrari’s and Porsche’s.) So, the answer is yes, Rodgers should play as soon as he is ready and yes, he can make a difference.
    ___________

    That makes so little sense I almost think not even you can believe it.

  41. Dallas rushed Tony Romo back from his collar bone break to meet the Panthers on Thanksgiving Day two years ago. Thomas Davis broke it for him again and pretty much ended his career. Just Saying.

  42. ajzinnecker says:

    December 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Dilly Dilly says:

    December 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Rodgers, the Packers, and the fans are NOT afraid of the Vikings. But I do smell fear in all of the troll posts here, as well as they should.

    ——————-

    Maybe you should be afraid. The Vikings have defeated more .500 or above teams in the NFC, than any other team. We have defeated the Falcons, the Rams, the Saints, Ravens, The Lions, Redskins, The Packers.

    We beat a Falcons team a few weeks ago, who embarrassed the packers in Week 2 or 3 and they were super close to beating a Carolina team who beat the Patriots earlier his year. Maybe your team should be scared. The Rams, Falcons and Saints arguably have better offenses than the Packers with or without Rodgers and the Vikings shut them all down. I get that your an arrogant fan base, but you not being “scared of the Vikings” Is not going to prevent them from taking their best shot and ending your season.

    ===================================

    So we should fear the Vikings because they won a few more games this year? What kind of logic is that, especially considering the Packers were without Rodgers and they still went 3-4 in that time. Rodgers is a one-man wrecking ball – the mere fact that we’re even still in contention after his 8-week absence proves this fact. According to you and other Viking trolls, GB has nothing left to play for. Sure they do – spoil the Vikings home-field advantage through the playoffs. Ouch!

  43. I hope he plays. The excuses from Packer fans are even more unbearable than their bragging about winning one division championship in a row. Bring him back. And then beat him.

  44. I for one, hope AR starts against the Panthers. That defense is very good and aggressive. AR will take many, many shots in that game. Who knows what could happen? If not, the Vikes will finish the job.

    _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Finish the job, as in injure him again…classy….not win, not beat em, not shut em out….hurt em…. ah purples keeping it classy….an no I never rooted for Sammy Sleeves, Teddy or DC to get hurt…….

  45. conormacleod says:

    December 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I hope he plays. The excuses from Packer fans are even more unbearable than their bragging about winning one division championship in a row. Bring him back. And then beat him.

    ===========================

    Wow, that’s a new low for the purples. Wishing for anyone to be physically “Finished” is just poor form, even for fans of a rival team. I don’t recall anyone wishing that for Teddy Bridgewater, but I’ve seen several posts from the purples in here, wishing for Rodgers to get injured again. Come on man, it’s the holidays for heaven’s sake.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.