Making sense of the Aaron Rodgers knee injury

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said that he has a knee sprain. But at least one report directly contradicts that.

A sprain is regarded as any injury to any of the four ligaments in the knee. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Rodgers has no ligament damage of any kind.

A source with knowledge of the situation calls Schefter’s report “pretty accurate,” but characterized the injury as both a knee and leg problem. So let’s assume it’s entirely accurate and that Rodgers has a sprained knee without any actual ligament damage. What, then, is wrong with the knee, and/or the leg?

The options are fairly limited, if ligament damage is off the table. Rodgers could have cartilage damage. However, the specific aspect of Schefter’s report that the injury “could take up to a couple of months to heal” doesn’t mesh with a cartilage tear, because that doesn’t heal on its own and requires some sort of surgery to remove or repair the rubbery cushioning for the knee bones.

Which leaves the knee bones. Although everyone involved continues to be very careful about what is said about the injury, logic and common sense point to some sort of bone problem that will heal in time — whether it’s a bone bruise or a small fracture or some other damage to one of the bones that make up the knee, and that can and will heal in time.

If playing can’t make the injury any worse, chances are it’s some sort of bone issue. But even if the knee itself isn’t at any specific risk of further injury, Rodgers has an overall greater risk of injury if he can’t move the way he needs to move in order to protect himself. Especially against a fierce pass rush like the one the Vikings possess.

41 responses to “Making sense of the Aaron Rodgers knee injury

  1. Anyone that’s had a sprain anywhere-just apply that feeling to the knee, except the knee is a bigger joint and mobility is extremely necessary especially when chased by big, fast and strong men.

  2. When he gets enough attention then miraculously his knee improves. Not sure who the biggest diva is between Rodgers and Big Ben.

  3. Fake injury. He was playing like garbage up to that point in the game, and his ego can’t handle being an average QB. So he faked an injury so Kizer had to go out there and look even worse. So now that everyone got to see a bad QB in a packers jersey, Erin makes a “triumphant” return to play a tired defense and looks great again. What a big man! He’ll be fake limping again as soon as vikes defense gives him trouble today. Tweet that!

  4. With everything going on in the NFL, why all the obsession with Rodger’s knee? Is he that great a player, that everything else is immaterial? I’m sure Barr and the Vikings defense will do everything they can to take him out.

  5. Vikings have a very solid D, no question about that. But they have nobody like Mack on their team. Rodgers might get chased a bit, but since the Oline is pretty healthy, they should keep Rodgers upright most of the time. Remember, the starting five never played a single snap as a complete unit in the preseason. Makes sense that it took them most of the first have to get into a groove again. Rodger’s may get chased a few times and maybe even sacked once or twice, but should come out of the game no worse for the wear.

  6. Like him or not, there is not ONE person here who posts derogatory remarks about No. 12 who wouldn’t want him as his starting QB.

  7. I’m leaning towards a bone bruise… I think he was more scared of a significant injury at first and then after going to the clubhouse with the medical team, relalized it wasn’t really bad and came back out to play… Now he is in a bad spot because he will be chastised for not being tough…

  8. ninefingers9 says:
    September 16, 2018 at 10:42 am

    What a Mary! I’ve seen a fellow iron worker slice his hand clean off…was back to work Monday morning.
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    Never happened.

  9. As a Vikings fan, glad he is playing. It will give us fans a better game overall, and I think it will really inspire the Vikings D.

    I hope Rodgers does not get re-injured, but I suspect there is a pretty good chance it could happen. Big game.

  10. I don’t want Rodgers to be injured. I don’t want the Packers to have any excuses. And, I don’t wish real injuries on anybody. However, I hope the Vikings knock the snot out of him today enough that he feels it for a week or two. I would think the game plan is to hit him hard and hit him often today. Within the rules of the game of course.

  11. Two hours away, fixin to be a great game. A lot of fun this week with the back and forth with pack fan, all in fun. There are some pack fans that take it too seriously and get triggered, to those I apologize for hurting your little feelings.

  12. He’s the NFL’s little sweet heart princess! they have the Aaron Rodgers rule now becuz he was knocked out all season last year by Barr!! I’m sure if he starts to lose we’ll see him carted off to the locker room and if he starts winning he’ll stay in…. I can’t wait til the Vikings defense put him in his place…. again!!

  13. conormacleod says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:19 am
    I would think the game plan is to hit him hard and hit him often today. Within the rules of the game of course.
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    Gee, I`ll bet no other team has ever had that as part of the game plan for the opposing team`s QB. The brilliance of Mike Zimmer.

  14. It is not true that all meniscus tears end in surgery. For minor tears a person may choose other treatments. I believe some docotors advocate for the use of stem cells. Surgery can always be a later option.

  15. Let me get this straight. If Aaron Rodgers plays then he is faking the injury. If he shows signs of being injured he also faking it. If he is knocked out he isn’t tough. Sounds like no one wants him to win.

  16. So the Vikings now have a fierce pass rush, but nothing that could or should stop Erin from beating them. When the little Munster kid writes articles he takes every possible position on everything football so he can think he is right all the time.

  17. For the conspiracy theorists posting here: do you really believe faking an injury is more important than playing for a professional athlete?

    He’s injured.

    He feels pain. Review the tape to see how he avoided using his left leg in the second half.

  18. Nice to see some Vikings fans saying they’re glad he’s playing. Even if it is for the sole reason of us Packers fans not having excuses. Now, if they could just lay off with the reffing excuse, that’d be great. I mean, if there was any validity to their claim, go ahead and bring it up once in a while, but there’s not. I swear, some Vikings fans don’t count sheep when the can’t sleep at night; they count phantom, invisible, non-existent holding calls.

  19. Actually cartilage can repair itself on its own. If the tear in the meniscus is not severe it will heal, but it takes a long time because there are few blood vessels there. People usually opt for surgery to speed it up.

  20. bondlake says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Like him or not, there is not ONE person here who posts derogatory remarks about No. 12 who wouldn’t want him as his starting QB.
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    Sorry, but you are wrong. The Minnesota team wouldn`t want him because he would derail their quest to get to 100 seasons without a championship.

  21. beerbratscheese says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Now, if they could just lay off with the reffing excuse, that’d be great.
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    And packer fans could lay off the dirty hit and the not enough penalties excuses, that would be great too.

  22. The only thing left in this drama is for the trainer to tape a huge pillow to Aaron’s knee right before he limps onto the field. You couldn’t pay me to not watch this game.

  23. Mister Rodgers is an odd character. He always projects himself as The Messiah and part of that is because of the Court of Public Opinion as well as having always been a media darling. But if he were All That, just from a perspective as a quarterback, then (a) Rodgers’ QB record would be equal to or greater than DaBreeze (Drew Brees) and/or (b) Rodgers would have garnered his Cheesehead Squad with six (6) SB rings, comparable to TB12 (Tom Brady)’s five (5). Neither is the case, peeps, so stop gloating lol

  24. beerbratscheese says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:04 am
    Vikings have a very solid D, no question about that. But they have nobody like Mack on their team. Rodgers might get chased a bit, but since the Oline is pretty healthy, they should keep Rodgers upright most of the time. Remember, the starting five never played a single snap as a complete unit in the preseason. Makes sense that it took them most of the first have to get into a groove again. Rodger’s may get chased a few times and maybe even sacked once or twice, but should come out of the game no worse for the wear.

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    Danielle Hunter? Everson Griffen? Not too mention Harry da Hitman sneaking around. You could say the same about the Vikings O line.

    lambeauandlombardi says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:41 am
    bondlake says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:05 am
    Like him or not, there is not ONE person here who posts derogatory remarks about No. 12 who wouldn’t want him as his starting QB.
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    Not in his condition right now. If its a bone bruise, as they have speculated that’s not good. Ya all need to stop thinking A A Ron is the only QB to play with an injury. The Packers failed to sign a veteran QB again and really put the team in a pickle because A A Ron on crutches is better than Kizer.

    Vikings fans know all too well the Bradford incident last year and basically Case saved the season because Vikings management was smart enough to sign a veteran.

    Playing A A Ron is a BIG BIG roll of the dice. Is vindication and redemption worth it? We shall see, but its a very risky move for one game. He maybe active but not play. Who knows? I would certainly hope the Packers coaching staff is smarter than that. Or the most likely scenario is he is not as hurt as they are leading on.

  25. Exactly right. Packers resorting to an NHL like injury report so that opponents won’t exploit the weakness, which of course they can and should. Green Bay jusQt does not want to face the fact if Rodgers goes out for a significant amount of time there’s no way they make the playoffs with Kizer as QB. Another fact could be Rodgers has the big contract and feels like he can play through this, maybe some of the incentives kick in on a certain number of snaps, who knows. If I were any defense, and the Vikings are not just any defense, I’d sure as heck prepare for a Rodgers who’s immobile and will take shotgun snaps as he did last week. Huge part of his game is gone.

  26. “So is the failure to disclose the nature of the injury not a violation of the team’s obligation for injury reporting?”
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    Yes, but that doesn’t apply here. All they have to do is say it’s a knee sprain. It’s not cheating like the Patriots who have been caught saying a player was injured on an entirely different part of the body than they actually were injured.

  27. conormacleod says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:19 am
    I would think the game plan is to hit him hard and hit him often today. Within the rules of the game of course.

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    So far the plan has been to have special teams handle the scoring so Rodgers can rest his knee.

  28. He’s playing! So there’s THAT. It can’t be too bad or he’d be watching. By the way, he just threw for a touchdown against that mighty Viking defense.

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