Report: Teams miffed about Packers placing Aaron Rodgers on IR again

AP

Few were surprised when the Packers shelved quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the remainder of the season. Some, however, have taken issue with the nuts-and-bolts realities of the maneuver.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that multiple teams have complained about the re-placement of Rodgers on injured reserve, arguing that he didn’t suffer a new injury against the Panthers, following his return from IR.

While the Packers didn’t specifically state that Rodgers has a new injury, the chances of the Packers being unable to make a plausible case that the pounding Rodgers took during last week’s game against the Panthers (12 total hits) left him sufficiently impaired to justify ending his season. Besides, the Packers would hardly be the first, or last, team to shut down a guy late in the season even though he technically would be healthy within the minimum six-week window that supposedly applies to any player who is placed on injured reserve.

Look at the transactions, both from last week and those to come this week. Player after player not healthy enough to play for the last two games of the year, but who possibly would be ready to go if there were a playoff game to be played, are being placed on injured reserve. If the league makes a big deal out of the Packers doing it, there will be a long list of other teams (possibly up to 31) whose practices would have to be scrutinized, too.

Also, forcing a team to keep injured players on the active roster doesn’t exactly mesh with the league’s ongoing effort to promote health and safety. (Then again, Thursday football.) Which helps explain why the league routinely approves the placement of players on IR.

So why are teams complaining? Because that’s what they do. That’s what they always do. Teams routinely violate one or more rules, and teams routinely complain when they think someone else is violating one or more rules.

The funniest aspect of the report is that teams actually have a perverse Christmas wish that the Packers will be forced to release Rodgers. If that would happen (and it won’t), Rodgers would be subject to waivers. Which means Rodgers would be a Cleveland Brown.

Which means Rodgers would retire from the NFL, immediately.

154 responses to “Report: Teams miffed about Packers placing Aaron Rodgers on IR again

  1. I would hope if that happened Rodgers wouldn’t retire and sign with the Browns in what would be the end all experiment to find out how bad that franchise really is. With all the draft picks they have and cap space, to get Rodgers for free … if they still could not turn it around, then we could be 100% certain, the Browns are just cursed and no matter what they will always be bad.

  2. I’m guessing he wasn’t healthy enough to play against Carolina. Vikings earlier this year rolled out Bradford when he obviously wasn’t ready. Lots of team do this. It’s not a big deal

  3. I can’t believe the packers would ever do anything fishy with the IR rules.
    I mean, their team doctor is above reproach. We saw that with the Bennett attempts by the packer medical staff.
    Bennett must have had an undisclosed injury.
    And Aaron? Well he was fine to play against Carolina, but had another season ending injury after the packers lost.

    What’s the big deal?

  4. You all thought I was crazy for pointing out Aaron was practicing with the team before he was allowed to do so.
    Of course, Aaron was just standing around throwing off in the corner somewhere with only the “trainers”.

  5. Which means Rodgers would be a Cleveland Brown.

    Which means Rodgers would retire from the NFL, immediately.

    #####

    Rodgers doesn’t believe that he could singlehandedly raise the level of play for the Browns like he has for the Packers?

    Then he should retire.

  6. The important thing to remember is this wasn’t the Patriots…so nothing to see here as everyone sweeps it under the rug. Love or despise New England, ask yourselves if Brady was moved on and off IR at the team’s convenience and preference, what would the national reaction be??

    Exactly. Goodbye 2018 first round pick…..

  7. we all know the reason Aaron was shelved. The packers were eliminated from post season contention. But, its easy to make up an injury. I am a patriots fan, Belichick IR’s guys who have had lingering issues but act like shmucks (see Brandon Spikes)

  8. Yeah…this isn’t something to complain about. If I want to complain about the packers, here’s my top 3 annoying packer myths to dispel:

    1. Best fans in sports. Nope, just regular people who will stop showing up when the going gets tough like everybody else. You know what takes dedication? Being a Vikings fan or a Bills fan or a Browns fan or a Chiefs fan.

    2. Lambeau field has the best playing surface. Hey, remember last night when it became plainly apparent to anyone whose brain works that if you thaw out frozen grass and dirt you end up with mud? That game was played at about half speed because the field conditions were horrendous.

    3. Ted Thompson is some kind of genius who knows what he’s doing. Here’s a list of his accomplishments: Drafted Aaron Rodgers. That’s it. End of list. The rosters he’s built have gone from mostly bad to occasionally above average.

  9. Why would that mean he’d retire immediately? It would simply mean he’d have the exact same role as he does in Green Bay. We’ve all seen it first hand over the past several weeks, without Rodgers the packers are the Browns. Hell, the Browns would likely be playoff bound if they had Rodgers under center.

  10. If the Patriots did this the football world would spin out of control and fans every where would explode and cry themselves to sleep.

  11. And the official NFL response to story….”ask the packers”

    Which pretty much sums up the value of NFL rules. They are meaningless.

    And if “everybody does it”, is a valid excuse, please list all the other teams that have been caught doing this.

  12. Had they placed McCarthy on IR in week 16, I’d be all for the strict enforcement of the rule.

  13. I live about 2 hours from GB, and can definitely say that contrary to the nonsense Aaron Rodgers was spewing about not having “storybook” ending, he, and the Packers, thought it was gonna happen. When they lost last week that killed it and Rogers season. Simple as that.

  14. The funniest aspect of the report is that teams actually have a perverse Christmas wish that the Packers will be forced to release Rodgers.
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    What’s so funny about this? It’s the rule the NFL has on the books.
    The funny part is thinking that the NFL would actually follow its own rules.

    My prediction. Some team will get penalized for this next year.

  15. Been a big Packer fan since the 70s and I have to say that this is the most depressing time to be a Packer fan that I’ve experienced. That week, it was obvious that Rodgers arm was shot and we have no way to know if it will ever return to form. And outside of Rodgers, we clearly have nothing. I think we’re finished. The only hope we might have is if Ted, McCarthy and the rest of these stiffs finally get fired and we bring in someone with a brain (Minnesota’s assistant GM maybe?) to turn it around. Then hopefully we’ll only be ‘Cleveland West’ as they call us for half a decade instead of 3+.

  16. Question: I thought players with 4 or more years of service were “vested veterans” and not subject to the waiver wire when released? Isn’t he a FA if released?

  17. Get your self into the playoffs.

    Stop relying on other teams to help you out.

    I really would like to know which teams complained.

    Nothing lacks credibility like an anonymous source.

  18. First off, IF Rogers had to be put on waivers and Cleveland picked him up, they would instantly be Super Bowl favorites in 2019 irregardless of who coached them. The talent level of the Browns is significantly greater than GB at most positions, and with 200 draft picks in the top 100 they are primed to take another step. Rogers throwing to Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman? I’d like to see that.

    As for IR again, I have no doubt the league will do nothing to their precious Packers.

  19. reamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 24, 2017 at 7:35 am
    You all thought I was crazy for pointing out Aaron was practicing with the team before he was allowed to do so.
    Of course, Aaron was just standing around throwing off in the corner somewhere with only the “trainers”.
    ———-

    Not a Packers fan, but no, he wasn’t.

  20. Question: I thought players with 4 or more years of service were “vested veterans” and not subject to the waiver wire when released? Isn’t he a FA if released?

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    If a vested veteran is released after week 8, they have to go thru waivers.

  21. “league’s ongoing effort to promote health and safety”, if that were true, Rodgers wouldn’t have played last week against the Panthers. The league should investigate whether the Packers medical staff rushed him back into playing too soon and risking his health, but we know that won’t happen because the idea of promoting health and safety is only a fantasy for the league.

  22. “The Packers would become the Browns without Rodgers.”

    The Packers ARE the Cleveland Browns without Rodgers. Remember, the Browns took them into overtime before the Packers won.

    The shot Saturday night of Ted Thompson in a catatonic state looking at the mess he created on the field said it all.

    I’ve been a Packers fan since 1961.

  23. Rodgers got to his feet against the Panthers grimacing several times. He came back sufficiently healed to play. If they had beaten the Panthers, he most definitely would’ve played against the Vikings. His effort last week was marginally better than a good “Hundley” day. Who knows how effective he’d have been in the cold. The Packers “B” squad played very well, despite the drops, poor deep throws, and interceptions. It was still winnable until very late in the game. Who cares if Rodgers is back on IR? So what? Get ready for next year.

  24. The issue is he’s healthy enough to play…and Packers fans and fans of other teams who pay to come to a game — ya know.. something the NFL has been struggling with — do not pay to come and see Hundley!!! Everyone has a reason the NFL is losing ratings and there is some truth in many of the reasons given… including sitting Superstars that are healthy enough to play and play one of the more safe and protected positions to boot!!!

  25. friscokid49 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 8:56 am
    The Packers would become the Browns without Rodgers.
    ///////////////////////////////

    So, you’re saying he’s the most valuable single player in the league? He could take the Browns to the postseason eight years in a row all by himself?

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

  26. Thompson’s face shot was priceless…. He was thinking what I was at least…What a terrible game

  27. Ultimately, this shows how inept and dysfunctional packer management is. They can’t find quality players to build a team, and they can’t even be smart enough to navigate the IR rules without getting caught.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Who cares if Rodgers is back on IR? So what? Get ready for next year.
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    Perfect.
    Who cares about the rules.
    Just let the packers do anything they want.

  29. got that right. losers always complain. they were cheated. the rules need to changed. they used a trick formation on us. they got lucky. our best player was hurt. they stole our signals. here’s a resolution: when you get beat for whatever reason, you just weren’t good enough to overcome whatever adversity was involved. so give the pack a break, they had more than their share this year. here’s hoping rogers makes a full recovery so even us non-packer backers can enjoy watching a great player.

  30. Instead of fines, the NFL should suspend the Packer’s biased refs for a few games. Maybe help cut down on all those phantom PI calls McCarthy thrives on. Just sayin’.

  31. I always thought he should’ve been placed on the IR from the getgo. The fact to that they cleared him to play the week that was a do or die situation for the Packers seemed incredibly fishy and convenient. The funny part was that it totally backfired on them. lol

  32. Who cares? Rodgers’ injury helped every team in the division by weakening the Packers. We clinched the division and should be focusing on getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs and get ready for our Super Bowl run.

  33. FatBaba says:

    Silly controversy. Their season is over and he has a legitimate injury that is still healing… move along.
    ######

    No one is denying that Rodgers had a legitimate injury. The key word is had. The Packers medical staff cleared him to play and the Packers chose to reactivate Rodgers.

    That’s all within the rules.

    The violation occurred when the Packers put Rodgers back on IR.

    NFL rulues are quite clear that you can’t put a player back on IR for the SAME injury.

  34. I think that if nothing else, it’s fair to say that if Rodgers had played last night, the Packers wouldn’t have been shut out by the Vikings. Would the Packers have won the game? That’s debatable, but they would have had a much better chance.

  35. harryhodag says:
    December 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

    “The Packers would become the Browns without Rodgers.”

    The Packers ARE the Cleveland Browns without Rodgers. Remember, the Browns took them into overtime before the Packers won.

    The shot Saturday night of Ted Thompson in a catatonic state looking at the mess he created on the field said it all.

    I’ve been a Packers fan since 1961.
    ********************************************************************************
    Hey, things could ALWAYS be worse…you could be a Bears fan…talk about ineptness and dysfunction, the McCaskey family wrote the book!

  36. Oh look. All the Gumby’s are happy that there team violated the rules.

    (Since packer fans came up with the Barney’s, I have come up with the Gumby’s for that green Gumby guy from the Gumby and Pokey show)

  37. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2017 at 10:10 am
    friscokid49 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 8:56 am
    The Packers would become the Browns without Rodgers.
    ///////////////////////////////

    So, you’re saying he’s the most valuable single player in the league? He could take the Browns to the postseason eight years in a row all by himself?

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

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

    You celebrate the silliest things.

  38. 4sacroc says:
    December 24, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Hey Shefty: Who complained? Name names.
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    Hey 4sacroc, what difference does it make? The packers got caught in a clear violation of the rules. It doesn’t matter who complained.

  39. Florio, you left out one major part of this whole story. Teams don’t have a problem with players being placed on IR at the end of the season. You’re correct with that, it happens all the time. The real problem is Rodgers did not get another injury that was worthy of him going back on IR. They placed him back on IR for the same injury. The rule states if a player gets put on IR , taken off, then put back on for the same injury then he has to be released. The Packers broke the rule plain and simple. There is no grey area. Now we all know the NFL will not enforce this but at minimum, they should lose a draft pick. It’s the Packers though so the NFL has no nuts against them.

  40. Who cares?

    BTW the Browns took GB to OT a few weeks back. Cleveland has a top-10 defense. They would be playoff contenders with Rodgers.

  41. It’s not any violation for any team until the NFL says it’s a violation. The NFL is not in violation by being arbitrary until some institution with the authority finds them so. Federal?

  42. I think THE reason Green Bay put Rodgers on IR is because that is about the only way to keep him from playing. He is such a competitor that even though his team has been eliminated from the playoffs, he would still want to keep playing. Because the games are now meaningless, it is actually better to lose the remaining games. The Packers get to draft earlier in each round, and the schedule may be easier next season.

  43. The NFL will never make turd bay follow the written rules.

    If turd bay had to follow the written rule, the team would disappear, and the NFL could never figure out how to write a schedule for the remaining 31 teams. And Minnesota won’t accept the gb fans crossing the border and becoming Viking fans. The massive suicide rate in Wisconsin would quadruple overnight if the packers had to fold up shop and leave nothing for the sconni’s to do but drink.

    Would be nice though for the NFL to finally rid themselves of that garbage dump of a stadium and worst fan base in the NFL. The NFL and its true fan base deserves better than to have football in that dreadful place 8 times a year. Even residents of Wisconsin are sick of having the team, which is why there was so many Vikings fans there last night and the skol chant was drowning out the go pack go chant.

    Laughable! Best fans in the NFL????

  44. For once the GB decision makers looked ahead after the defeat by Carolina, 6 days to be exact. After losing in Carolina, they said look what the weather is going to be next Saturday night. We are out of the playoffs, and by putting him in against that hard hitting, relentless Minnesota defense, in that weather, with a platter and 13 screws, we are risking his arm falling off. And while he is better with one arm and throwing left handed than Hundley is 100%, it’s just not worth the risk.

    The way AR tries to thread balls to receivers in the middle, Harry the Hitman would have had 4 picks last night. It’s a horrible holiday season for GB fans. You had your arch rivals come in and not only decimate you, but had the great SKOL chant echoing the stadium and streets around the stadium. On top of that, you put up a Goose Egg and were embarrassed on your home turf.

  45. I love it. Packers have a tough year with Aaron’s injury, and this total non-story elicits a host of troll comments. What that says is that everyone knows the Packers remain the class of the NFC and even Vikings fans cant just enjoy their incredible good fortune and are still focused on their fear and envy of the Packers. With a treasure trove of draft picks and the opportunity to finally pick higher than 28 – 32 in each round, the Packers remain well situated for the future.

  46. omeimontis says:
    December 24, 2017 at 11:48 am
    I think THE reason Green Bay put Rodgers on IR is because that is about the only way to keep him from playing. He is such a competitor that even though his team has been eliminated from the playoffs, he would still want to keep playing. Because the games are now meaningless, it is actually better to lose the remaining games. The Packers get to draft earlier in each round, and the schedule may be easier next season.

    Only way for turd bay to have a .500 record or better… schedule to get easier.. sorry to burst your bubble, but Vikings are still in the NFC north, lions are improving every year, and Chicago will be better next year…

    Face it…. GB will be constant cellar dwellers of the north!

  47. What? Why would GB be forced to release Rodgers and not some other player who is on the active roster? That sounds stupid enough. Add in that Rodgers would be forced to sign with another team when if he was released he becomes a free agent.

  48. The league could penalize the Packers a 1st and 4th draft pick and fine 1 million to set an example to the rest of the league—no need to investigate others. That would be the NFL way.

  49. Mike, your story is missing the point of why teams are unhappy. Shutting down players at the end of the season is not the issue. The issue is about them circumventing the IR rules. The rule states that a player coming off the IR cannot go back on the IR unless he has suffered a new injury, and if a team violates the rule, then the player in question must be released. The Packers never said he suffered a new injury. Their comments were that he was “sore” and he is now in rest and recovery mode for next season. Teams are also upset because they waited until Tues. after they found out the Falcons won and they were officially eliminated from the playoffs before making the decision to put him back on the IR. Had they not been eliminated, he would have likely played and they would not have put him on the IR. It appears that they broke the IR rule and teams want to know why an exception was made for the Packers/Rogers.

  50. IRony. If Rajahs had played for Minny over course of career he’d have 3 or 4 rings instead of one is the loneliest numbr.

  51. johngaltwho says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    I love it. Packers have a tough year with Aaron’s injury, and this total non-story …….
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    Wrong.
    What it really says is that Gumby fans claiming that this is a non-story are desperate to support their team even when they are caught cheating.

  52. wtfru2 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Another throw it at the wall to see if it sticks! Which teams are complaining? Bunch-O-Junk
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    Nope. The Gumby’s were caught red handed cheating the IR rules.
    It doesn’t matter who is complaining. It’s not the complainers fault the Gumby’s are cheating. That excuse is like blaming the victim of robbery because the victim reported a robbery.

    Classless fan base. The NFL rules don’t apply to the Gumby’s.

  53. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    wtfru2 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    Another throw it at the wall to see if it sticks! Which teams are complaining? Bunch-O-Junk
    ————-
    Nope. The Gumby’s were caught red handed cheating the IR rules.
    It doesn’t matter who is complaining. It’s not the complainers fault the Gumby’s are cheating. That excuse is like blaming the victim of robbery because the victim reported a robbery.

    Classless fan base. The NFL rules don’t apply to the Gumby’s.

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    Zonk – I thought gumbys were flexible. Rodgers looked absolutely brittle last week. I like the nickname regardless.

  54. The reality here is that the head Cheese Cheater was NEVER HEALTHY ENOUGH to be removed from the IR. The team did an unethical thing by rushing him back and subjecting him to a pounding (which he deserved).

    The team should be penalized for rushing a player back from injury and who was not healthy to play that game.

    That is simply the fact.

  55. My question is: Why are these GMs and coaches so damned stupid? The Pats, Seahawks, Saints, now, Packers caught bending the rules. Pay a guy millions of dollars to make decisions and they respond with the dumbest decisions that can be made. They are all too old to be “common core” graduates. Maybe they need to hire someone who can, you know, READ and COMPREHEND the rules?

  56. coltluger says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    I predict McCarthy, Thompson and Capers will be gone after the season.

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    could
    never figure out why people thought ted thompson was such a great gm.

    he is like bill polian who never fielded a defense, but just had a hof qb

    wildly overrated

  57. johngaltwho says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    I love it. Packers have a tough year with Aaron’s injury, and this total non-story elicits a host of troll comments. What that says is that everyone knows the Packers remain the class of the NFC and even Vikings fans cant just enjoy their incredible good fortune and are still focused on their fear and envy of the Packers. With a treasure trove of draft picks and the opportunity to finally pick higher than 28 – 32 in each round, the Packers remain well situated for the future.

    0 6 Rate This

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    what it says
    is that roger goodell is a psychotic, serial cheater

  58. Since the Gumby’s say there is nothing to see here, try this.

    Bradford is eligible to come off IR the first week of the playoffs.
    I think the Vikings should put him on the roster, practice for a week and then put him back on IR the second week of the playoffs, so that the Vikings can get someone else thy want on the roster.

  59. I guess we may as well own up to it since some of the teams said the Packers violated IR rules and agree to release Aaron Rodgers and allow him to be a free agent and eligible to sign with one of those complaing teams who are sattled with a loser as a quarterback . After all, we still have Hundley.

    Oh yeah, In a “Pig’s Eye”!

  60. Rule states: if team puts a player back on IR, it has to be a new injury that will keep that player out at least 6 weeks, otherwise it’s in direct violation of the rules, and the team must release that player when healthy.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Guarantee you will see the NFL favoritism of the GB Packers on this one. Rules are rules, and guaranteed the league will not make GB release Rodgers. If they don’t, then need to fine them a huge amount, and take draft picks away. If this were any other team committing this rule violation, they would be held accountable, guaranteed.

  61. willycents says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    My question is: Why are these GMs and coaches so damned stupid? The Pats, Seahawks, Saints, now, Packers caught bending the rules. Pay a guy millions of dollars to make decisions and they respond with the dumbest decisions that can be made. They are all too old to be “common core” graduates. Maybe they need to hire someone who can, you know, READ and COMPREHEND the rules?
    ————————
    Great point.
    Unfortunately since these GMs and personnel people know the NFL won’t do anything, why pay someone millions when the NFL just looks the other way.

  62. arealisticpackerfan says:
    December 24, 2017 at 9:17 am
    Question: I thought players with 4 or more years of service were “vested veterans” and not subject to the waiver wire when released? Isn’t he a FA if released?

    —-

    If a vested veteran is released after week 8, they have to go thru waivers.

    Actually, that’s from week #8 until the end of the regular season. So all they have to do is release him after the regular season and then re-sign him. I don’t think he’d go any where else and he’d get the larger contract Florio and his gang keep whining that Rogers deserves.

  63. Bryan Prince says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Mike, your story is missing the point of why teams are unhappy. Shutting down players at the end of the season is not the issue. The issue is about them circumventing the IR rules.
    ——————/
    Precisely. Mike even admits that the Gumby’s cheated. He just thinks that since everybody does it, it’s no biggie.

    I disagree.
    While most teams Likely cheat the IR rules in other ways, I doubt there is a single example where one player was on IR, played a game, and was put on IR the way Rodgers was, with no NEW injury.

  64. So wait a minute, how do Viking fans explain their 3-8 collapse last year after starting the season 5-0?

  65. The proper response by the NFL would be to enforce the rule: force the Pack to release Rodgers and make him a free agent.

  66. Well I’m watching all these playoff teams with empty seats. The pack are out with mostly back ups with a sold out stadium. How is that Jerry kill 4 press. 1st thing Rodgers ain’t going anywhere. 2nd this is the 4th time we have had the best player on the planet. WE know a little about that.3rd it’s a double edged sword with a QB that can drag garbage cans to the NFC title game. Now with 12 picks 4 3rd rounders we get a shot at some of the nation’s top players.People say get him help. I say to you be carefull what you wish for your about 2 get it. 45mil under the cap 12th overall pick. 12 picks in 2018. New Def cordnator 4th and most important a healthy Rodgers. OHH you think he’s going to play like he did after 8 weeks removed from surgery with 1 week of practice ok. Pop your popcorn and enjoy the show.Keep listing to the haters. WE will see who’s right.I LIKE MY CHANCES BESIDES WHAT YOUS COULD HAVE DRAFTED HIM BUT YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS NO BALLS.

  67. Who the hell cares what a team that’s irrelevant this season does? The Packs move doesn’t really hurt anyone does it?

  68. Mike Sanregret says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
    This might be the dumbest remark ever posted here on this sight. Keep drinking the green kool-aid with everclear in it. As long as Ted and Mike are there, Aaron’s career will only come up with 1 title. What a waste!

  69. Since the leagues response was…”ask the packers”, I’m thinking that the Gumby’s front office is currently working diligently on creating the paperwork that documents Rodgers new injury, complete with doctor approvals, back dated to Monday, December 18th. The Christmas holiday is the perfect time to do it.

    Then, sometime in the coming weeks, the league will then tell us that proper rules were followed in the Rodgers matter.

  70. Oh come on. Teams place players on IR all the time to let them heal and get ready for next year. Rodgers and the team had a difficult decision since the injury isn’t healed completely. It sounds like they left it up to Rodgers to come back then when there wasn’t anything to play for the team decided to shut him down and let the clavicle injury heal. Rodgers is due a new contract.

  71. purpleguy says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm
    Who the hell cares what a team that’s irrelevant this season does? The Packs move doesn’t really hurt anyone does it?
    ————
    And another who cares comment from the Gumby’s.
    Thanks for letting us know you approve of the cheating Gumby’s.

  72. 3. Ted Thompson is some kind of genius who knows what he’s doing. Here’s a list of his accomplishments: Drafted Aaron Rodgers. That’s it. End of list. The rosters he’s built have gone from mostly bad to occasionally above average.

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

    Do you even watch football?

  73. willycents says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The proper response by the NFL would be to enforce the rule: force the Pack to release Rodgers and make him a free agent.

    What specific rule? If a team was caught stashing a player on IR, you’d think they would be fined and given the option to cut a player from their active roster and place the stashed player on the active roster or waive the stashed player.

  74. I was wrong. What a mess the NFL would put itself in. They force a team to waive a vested veteran player and by rule, context doesn’t fit, that player loses his rights? That player’s injury hasn’t healed completely.

    Once the waiver period starts each year through the trading deadline, a vested veteran — a player who has acquired four years of pension credit — is not subject to the waiver system if the club decides to release him. That means if a team decides to release a vested veteran, the league considers his contract to be terminated immediately and he is free to negotiate and sign with any other club. From the trading deadline through the end of the regular season, vested veterans are subject to the waiver process.

  75. Mike you’re a lawyer, “if the club decides to release him” means forced to release him?

  76. skolvikings2017 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    As long as Ted and Mike are there, Aaron’s career will only come up with 1 title. What a waste!
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Since the inception of the SuperBowl (1966,) the Vikings have had more HOF QB’s under center, and, additionally, more annually designated Pro-Bowl QB’s under center than the Packers. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. What a waste!

  77. quinton zazjub says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    IRony. If Rodgers had played for Minny over course of career he’d have 3 or 4 rings instead of one is the loneliest number.

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    Im surprised a ViIKINGS fan would make that mistake. When it comes to championships – ZERO is the loneliest number.

  78. “If the league makes a big deal out of the Packers doing it, there will be a long list of other teams whose practices would have to be scrutinized, too”

    The difference being that Aaron was just on Injured Reserve, and cleared to play…. and now is back on Injured Reserve for no reason. They are mocking/cheating the rules.

  79. skolvikings2017 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Mike Sanregret says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    This might be the dumbest remark ever posted here on this sight. Keep drinking the green kool-aid with everclear in it. As long as Ted and Mike are there, Aaron’s career will only come up with 1 title. What a waste!

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    You guys dont have one title, ever.

    I could handle that from a team like the pats or niners but vikings?

    Just go away and enjoy your success before it ends in misery again.

  80. pfffffffffffffffffffffffft says:
    December 24, 2017 at 9:35 am
    It would be interesting to see the list of teams that are complaining.

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    There should be 31 other teams complaining. Unless you’re talking about Pittsburgh, NYG or GB, Commissioner Roger Godcomplex would force every other team to release their star player if the same happened.

  81. Once again, Minnesota fans prove they have no life. Understandable when your state is only known for one thing, a shopping mall. Fly-over country frustration boils over.

  82. johngaltwho says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    I love it. Packers have a tough year with Aaron’s injury, and this total non-story elicits a host of troll comments. What that says is that everyone knows the Packers remain the class of the NFC and even Vikings fans cant just enjoy their incredible good fortune and are still focused on their fear and envy of the Packers. With a treasure trove of draft picks and the opportunity to finally pick higher than 28 – 32 in each round, the Packers remain well situated for the future.

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    What it says is everyone knows the Packers with subvert any rule necessary to try and win, and their fans are good with that. You’re also saying you’ve never posted on a Viking thread, when the Packers were doing better than the Vikings, otherwise, you’re a flaming hypocrite. There’s on envy and DEFINITELY no fear of the Packers, for Viking fans or Viking players. Enjoy the pick above 28, don’t get too excited though TT could surprise and grab another Justin Harrell, BJ Raji or Datone Jones. It’s immensely unlikely he’ll have another HOFer surprisingly fall in his lap like Rodgers did.

  83. It would be hilarious if Goodell actually did his job, forced the Packers to release Rodgers and the Browns picked him up. Then, before the draft the Browns could trade him to the Packers for a couple #1 and #2 picks over the next couple seasons.

  84. Ted Thompson just seems completely burned out this season. His team report at the start of the year was atrocious, referring to last season as 2006 and thanking the scouts for uncovering “Demetrious” Randall. Now he’s misapplying the IR rules. He could very well end up in the HOF one year, but the game has passed him by. Hopefully he’s given the dignity of resignation rather than a firing.

  85. SatanicHellCreature

    Rodgers fell into TTs lap because 2 things.

    1, You idiots passed on him. TWICE. For 2 bums, including at #7 on a WR who couldn’t catch.
    2, Mike McCarthy chose Alex Smith instead of Rodgers, as Offensive Coordinator of 49ers.

    We all agree with your bitter envious self on TT being lucky that occurred. We also agree with the greatness of Aaron Rodgers, this team has under-achieved….although 3 of his 9 years reached at least the NFC Title game. And there are many highlight & great moments & memories.

    But 2014 Seattle will haunt forever, as 1998 vs Atlanta and 2009 at N.O. does to Grape Ape Nation.

  86. darquarious says:
    December 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    SatanicHellCreature

    Rodgers fell into TTs lap because 2 things.

    1, You idiots passed on him. TWICE.
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    For the historically challenged – the Vikings QB (Culpepper) was an All-Pro the year before Rodgers was drafted. It made no sense to draft another QB. And add to that, another 30 teams passed on Rodgers as well.

    I will admit that Rodgers, when healthy is one of the best QBs in the league. But to say that GB’s drafting Rodgers was that they knew some secret handshake other teams didn’t is a lie. They got lucky, as did the Patriots when they drafted Brady and were “lucky” enough to have Drew Bledsoe.

  87. 1st the only luck the pack got out of the 2005 draft is that he dropped in the draft.Ever see what his delivery looked like as a young player behind Favre. That’s what I thought.lots of hard work little luck.Dont be mad because you sat there and watched are back ups and young and up and comers. Take your paper champs to the limit. I ask what happens when a healthy Rodgers is in the red zone what 4 to 5 times sat. I think we all know about 38 to 16 paper champs who are going to blow it at home again.Dont yous have your own 5ft QB to worry about.Hope use don’t go to the eagles. Lights out baby.Then when we get our chance at the top talent in the country.like use been doing since 2009.

  88. coltluger says:
    December 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    darquarious says:
    December 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    SatanicHellCreature

    Rodgers fell into TTs lap because 2 things.

    1, You idiots passed on him. TWICE.
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    For the historically challenged – the Vikings QB (Culpepper) was an All-Pro the year before Rodgers was drafted. It made no sense to draft another QB. And add to that, another 30 teams passed on Rodgers as well.

    I will admit that Rodgers, when healthy is one of the best QBs in the league. But to say that GB’s drafting Rodgers was that they knew some secret handshake other teams didn’t is a lie. They got lucky, as did the Patriots when they drafted Brady and were “lucky” enough to have Drew Bledsoe.

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    So anyone who drafted better than the vikings was “lucky”?

    Or is anyone more successful than the vikings just lucky.

    Either way, your bias s showing. Try and stay out of these conversations going forward. Not much being brought to the table.

  89. lukeshow says:
    2. Lambeau field has the best playing surface. Hey, remember last night when it became plainly apparent to anyone whose brain works that if you thaw out frozen grass and dirt you end up with mud? That game was played at about half speed because the field conditions were horrendous
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    That's not what happened, but you are right. The field was slippery. The field is constantly heated 24/7 when the temp drops below a specified temp until there's no chance of future games. They have a 3ft tarp tent over the field with blowers to keep the air moving. The air temp dropped real fast here saturday afternoon. When they removed the tarp the moisture on the grass frosted. It was just plain slippery, not muddy.

  90. Oh I love this. It really is a who cares scenario BUT this would be the scandal to end all scandals if it were Brady.

  91. andrwken says:
    December 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    So anyone who drafted better than the vikings was “lucky”?

    Or is anyone more successful than the vikings just lucky.

    Either way, your bias s showing. Try and stay out of these conversations going forward. Not much being brought to the table.
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    I’ll follow Mark Twain’s advice on this one. Merry Christmas, sir.

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  92. For Packer fans having trouble understanding what happened and how exactly the Packers purposefully cheated here you go…

    “I think we all understand what the Packers did. They lost to the Panthers on Sunday. On Monday, they were eliminated from the playoffs. On Tuesday, they ended Rodgers’ season. There was no competitive reason for him to continue playing after the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs. While he was medically cleared to play against the Panthers, it is reasonable to assume that he was not 100 percent healed. He gave it a shot at less than full health at a time when the Packers were still in the playoff race.

    Even so, the Packers could have kept Rodgers on the 53-man roster and simply deactivated him for their remaining two games. In that case, however, the Packers would have had to cut another player to make room for backup quarterback Joe Callahan, who took Rodgers’ roster spot.

    So yeah, that’s really what we’re arguing about here. Nobody is disputing whether Rodgers is healthy or the Packers’ decision to end Rodgers’ season. Instead, it’s about how they protected their rights to a bottom-of-the-roster player in doing so.”

  93. coltluger says:
    December 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    andrwken says:
    December 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    So anyone who drafted better than the vikings was “lucky”?

    Or is anyone more successful than the vikings just lucky.

    Either way, your bias s showing. Try and stay out of these conversations going forward. Not much being brought to the table.
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    I’ll follow Mark Twain’s advice on this one. Merry Christmas, sir.

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    By saying nothing, you’ve done better than every other of your posts.

    Congratulations.

  94. andrwken says:
    December 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Just go away and enjoy your success before it ends in misery

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    It’s true – misery loves company.

  95. It’s protecting the packers biggest asset.The only people who wanted him to play after they seen he’s not 100% is the teams like the vikes lions,bears,Dallas pretty much 95% of the NFC were around a 500 team without him.Not 1 true packer fan wanted him to continue playing.The league signed off on it because Rodgers injury cost them Huge record setting ratings.Its best for the player team and um teams like you. The pack fill every stadiums across the country. 80 thousand last Saturday with a back up QB, a team not in the playoffs.now put Rodgers behind center. Huddly 3&4 if this team so bad why they have a chance to go 500 without Rodgers. 12th pick over all in April 40 mill under the cap when contract expires. I like our chances,hopefully new D coordinator Ili,e our chances.

  96. Mike Sanregret says:
    December 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    …The pack fill every stadiums across the country. 80 thousand last Saturday with a back up QB, a team not in the playoffs.now put Rodgers behind center.
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    …and close to 50% of that were Viking fans on the Saturday you bring up…tickets that were purchased from the “fans” you are touting ( some well below face-value), to the point that an audible “SKOL” chant could be heard on television (complete with the perfect shot of Ted “How did I get up here?” Thompson in the box). I assure you that particular group were not rooting for the packers, and especially not when the “fans” were leaving in droves by the start of the 4th qtr. Not sure what you were going for there, but it didn’t work.

  97. JokerSC says: “I’m guessing he wasn’t healthy enough to play against Carolina. Vikings earlier this year rolled out Bradford when he obviously wasn’t ready. Lots of team do this. It’s not a big deal.”

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    The difference is Minnesota wasn’t likely to pull the trigger on a big extension with Bradford before the 2018-2019 season started, and neither were the other 31 teams likely to do so either. He most certainly won’t be getting the franchise tag that was being bandied about in chat-rooms earlier this season. Could Bradford be back next year as a Viking? Yes… but probably for a substantially reduced price tag coupled with a shorter duration ticket and a (likely) 3rd string place on the roster. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, is the franchised face of the Packers. Without him under center, the Packers really don’t have a quality team to speak of. And Handley is DEFINITELY NOT a replacement for him. So for teams that face a team QB’d by Rodgers on a regular basis… it certainly DOES make a HUGE difference. The thing I find curious is that NOT ONE of the NFC-N teams that face Rodgers twice a year each are the teams who are objecting in his IR controversy. Maybe the NFC-N teams know something we’ve yet to see.

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