Aaron Rodgers has “concern” his knee will get worse

AP

On the night Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned from a knee injury to lead an historic comeback against the Bears, Rodgers said that doctors told him that his condition couldn’t have gotten any worse. Rodgers now concedes that, as he continues to play on the injured leg, it could.

Yeah, obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “Hopefully it goes the other way though.”

Rodgers reportedly has a deep bone bruise and a damaged ligament in his knee. He’s wearing a large brace carrying the name “Blue Steel,” and he apparently intends to play as long as he can.

He told reporters on Wednesday that “obviously it won’t be 100 percent, so I’ll just adjust accordingly to how I’m feeling and try to get through.” The Packers didn’t practice on Wednesday, but according to the official injury report he wouldn’t have practiced if they had.

The Packers tied the Vikings on Sunday, but they surely would have lost if Rodgers hadn’t played. Every win while the knee heals is a bonus, because without him last year the Packers fell apart.

106 responses to “Aaron Rodgers has “concern” his knee will get worse

  1. Well, that didn’t take long did it? Mr. Drama couldn’t stand a couple days away from the spotlight. So now that he didn’t perform the expected heroics in week two, Rogers is setting the stage for more fawning coverage of his bruised knee. Give me a break.

  2. doctorrustbelt says:
    September 19, 2018 at 7:34 pm
    FACT OF LIFE: Knees get worse
    —————

    For overweight accountants they do, young athletes tend to heal faster than the average Chipotle eating desk jockey.

  3. Bone bruise seems like an odd diagnosis if it happened on the play that seem to make him leave the Chi game. As many barbs and Pack/Viking fans throw at each other, I truly hope he is smart about this, no one wants to see an RGIII situation again where a player tries to tough out a knee injury and is never the same again.

  4. I’m concerned his knee will get worse too. A bone bruise sounds like a little discoloring of the skin but I’ll tell you, I had a bone on my chest where the collar bones meet when I played … As a middle linebacker, I nearly cried every time I made a tackle or even lifted my arms above my shoulders.

    I was too stupid to know I shouldn’t be playing… 4 games of pure misery.

  5. He just wanted to play against the Vikings to try and get revenge for them knocking him out last year. Now he may actually sit for a few games because the Packers can win the next 2 games without him against the Redskins and Bills.

  6. And the Eagles have no concern rushing Wentz back after he was literally limping around the field just weeks ago. Sometimes, football players can be “macho” to a fault.

    The obvious reply will be “he was cleared by a physician, idiot!” – those who have played sports know that the decision isn’t entirely the physician’s, and there are plenty of factors. Can he play? Yes. Is there an increased risk? Absolutely. Ask RG3.

  7. Connective tissues (liagments, tendons etc) get very little blood flow which is why they take so long to heal. This is going to linger and I wouldn’t be surprised if he needs surgery when all is said and done. Packers are hot garbage w/o AR so they’e going to let him go as long as he can. Hopefully for his sake he doesn’t completely blow it out or overcompensate and get a different injury.

  8. Love him or hate him, Rodgers is good for the NFL. One of the best ever, he moves the needle. The Packers are not much without him and they too are a popular team. 14 more games to go and I wonder if he can hold up? I hope he does and I am definitely not Packer fan. Rodgers will play until he cant. Enjoy him while you can.

  9. Maybe with the other Aaron (Jones) back, Rodgers won’t have to bear as much of the burden.
    I hope the drama queen Vikings don’t draw out their PK and WR moves much longer. How can a “super stocked” roster have so much turnover?

  10. 12brichandfamous says:
    September 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm
    I’ve torn up three knees. It’s NOT fun trying to move laterally with an injured knee. I hope this does not lead to him getting really blown up because he could not move.

    ————

    You have three knees?!? All kidding aside, this is another publicity stunt by Rodgers to garner more attention. He hates not having a spotlight. Fact.

  11. Everybody who saw it knows there is something wrong , like he said , if he can play on it , he will , but depending on their record , at some point , they are going to have to make a decision om whether to roll with it or get him ready for 2019 .

  12. He is going to have to sit, if the Packers want any chance of a play off run. Bad thing Packers fans will blame the Bears just like they did with Barr. Feel bad for the guy but, if the Packers would have signed a decent back up veteran, this may not be an issue. They all laughed when the Vikings signed Case last year, yeah, we all know how that turned out. Seems the next man up mentality is sorely lacking in Green Bay.

  13. Yikes. Green Bay should count themselves lucky the Bear sh*t their pants in week 1, and Minnesota’s kicker blows (who is not gone). They’d be looking at 0-2 instead of 1-0-1.

  14. This is exactly the response I expected from the skol trolls. Rodgers answers a specific question that he is directly asked about an injury and they accuse him of being a drama queen.

  15. revren10 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Good thing they gave him huge guaranteed money. He’s like glass

    And as a friend of mine would say, “And not that thick, tempered kind of glass, either.”

  16. idiedpretty says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    Love him or hate him, Rodgers is good for the NFL. One of the best ever, he moves the needle. The Packers are not much without him and they too are a popular team. 14 more games to go and I wonder if he can hold up? I hope he does and I am definitely not Packer fan. Rodgers will play until he cant. Enjoy him while you can.

    —————————————————————————————

    Finally, someone with common sense and decency.

  17. He should sit against Washington and Buffalo. Even Kizer should be able to beat those two dumpster fires. It’s better than losing him long term,but it sounds like Rodgers is determined to do just that. Not smart…

  18. He says stuff like that just to pimp the trolls. It makes them actually think their wishes, hopes, and prayers might come true. Hook, line, and sinker.

  19. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    September 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm
    doctorrustbelt says:
    September 19, 2018 at 7:34 pm
    FACT OF LIFE: Knees get worse
    —————

    For overweight accountants they do, young athletes tend to heal faster than the average Chipotle eating desk jockey.

    Key word, YOUNG. He’s 34. Age catches us all, especially in the joints. 35 is light years away from 25, same as 45 with 35, etc.

    Don’t believe me? You’ll see.

  20. As a Vikings fan, if there is any chance that it will get worse, he should sit it out until it heals! Even with this ridiculous QB rule, he is risking permanent damage if he isn’t at least 90%. Stay out, say, until just before the playoffs:)
    All kidding aside, as much as I hate some of the things he does, I do enjoy watching him pull out those miracles from time to time, as long as it’s not against the Vikings.

  21. So last week we were told by freefromwhoare great the Packers medical staff was.

    We were told that Rodgers was fully medically cleared to play and that playing would not make the injury worse.

    Now, we are being told by the injured player that he’s not sure that’s true.

    The Packers are in a Catch 22 position now.

    They can’t decide not to play Rodgers because the backup is worse than Hundley was last year.

    Yet they are contractually obligated to pay Rodgers $90 mil between now and next March (and even more beyond that) regardless of whether he ever plays another game.

    Maybe instead of redoing Rodgers contract 2 years early, they should have signed a competent NFL caliber backup QB.

    Had they done that, Rodgers would already have had 10 days toward letting his knee fully heal and be closer to complete recovery.

    Now the QB is concerned that playing will cause further damage.

    I don’t think this ends well for the green and gold fans.

  22. Some of you don’t understand that he has media time every Wednesday at his locker. He gets asked questions and answers them. He does not bring these topics up anywhere as some of you always try to imply.

    Reporter: “Are you concerned that the knee could get worse”

    Aaron: “Well that is always a concern, but you are hoping it goes the other way and it gets better as it has since the Chicago game. This week will hopefully feel better than last week again”

    Reporter: : “What does Monday feel like after a game”

    Aaron: Smiling “If you have seen Rocky 3 and Mr.T, Clubber Lang is asked his prediction for the fight:”Pain”. That is what it feels like”

  23. Maybe, just Maybe if McCarthy and Rodgers decided to lose the battle and win the war this wouldn’t be as big an issue. Rodgers should have sat the game out and rested his knee., but NOOOOOOO, he had to be the hero.

  24. bradygirl12 says:

    He should sit against Washington and Buffalo. Even Kizer should be able to beat those two dumpster fires.
    ###

    Are you sure?

    Let me remind you that Kizer has never won a game in the NFL.

    His highlights now that he is wearing a Packers uniform:

    3:09 – Deshone Kizer sacked by Khalil Mack for -9 yards, fumbles, recovered by Khalil Mack, tackled by Dehone Kizer

    1:04 – Deshone Kizer sacked by Roquan Smith for -9 yards

    :50 = Deshone Kizer pass, incomplete, short middle intended for Ty Montgomery, intercepted by Khalil Mack at Packers 27, returned 27 yards, TD

    Washington is not a great team, but they have managed to score 33 points this year and their defense has only allowed 27. What makes you think that Kizer can score at all against the Washington D?

    Buffalo is a different story – but Nathan Peterman isn’t starting for Buffalo anymore – Josh Allen is. Allen lost in his rookie debut, but he did lead the Bills to 20 points against the Chargers. Allen will have another start under his belt (against the Vikings), so he will be used to a high pressure defense which will make it easier for him to deal with the Packer D.

    At best, I think with Kizer starting, they might win one of the two games. Deshone Kizer makes Brett Hundley look good. The Packers didn’t need that 6th round pick they got for Hundley as much as they need a semi qualified backup QB. Hundley has proven he can win an NFL game.

    Kizer – not so much.

  25. Whose decision is it if he can play or not? The coach, the trainer, the medical staff, Rogers? If it is the medical staff then I have some confidence he won’t damage it further. But athletes want to play, and coaches want to win, hopefully people like the trainers and medical staff are looking out for the players, right?

    So whose call is it?

  26. minerslung says:
    September 19, 2018 at 8:57 pm
    He’s going to pay a price for his hubris. Take a knee, rodge. Let it heal, and make the packers build you a solid line and defense.

    I’m surprised you would say the Packers need to build him a line. Every Packers game I’ve seen, the commentators rave about all of the time Rodgers has to throw. But you’re right, when anybody other than Rodgers is behind center, all of a sudden the holding flags come flying on the regular. Weird how that works.

  27. “Who’s decision is it if he can play or not”

    ===========

    A player is cleared to play in Green Bay only by Dr. Patrick McKenzie. The whole “Can’t hurt it any worse” came from halftime of the Chicago game when Aaron said he couldn’t hurt it any worse by playing the 2nf half.

    A player can always get hurt in a game obviously. By playing with this injury Aaron is not taking any further risk than the risk you have each time you step into a NFL game. Every player is risking injury that is in the game at anytime.

    The expectation from the actual doctors is that his knee will heal over time and playing is not adding to the issue. Can he reinjure it? Yes. Does playing Sunday make it more likely? No.

    I realize we have many comments section doctors here. And funny that those from certain states always feel and say negative things and claim the worst possible case scenarios when it comes to the Packers. One can assume the agenda and motives there. It is very pathetic IMHO.

  28. NO one is talking about me this week??? I better talk about my sore knee and how much I like WHINE with my cheese.

  29. Anything to keep his name in the headlines.
    ——
    So what, in your mind, is happening? Is Rodgers calling the media and asking them to come interview him about his knee? Is he supposed to say no comment? How could this play out where you trolls wouldn’t have someone nasty to say?

  30. doublehardtwelve says:
    Well, that didn’t take long did it? Mr. Drama couldn’t stand a couple days away from the spotlight. So now that he didn’t perform the expected heroics in week two, Rogers is setting the stage for more fawning coverage of his bruised knee. Give me a break.

    –Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  31. trapshoot says:
    September 20, 2018 at 12:28 am
    Maybe next week they won’t have to overcome the refs to win.

    ————————–

    A Packer fan complaining about overcoming reff’s. lol. Yes the call on Mathews was bad, but so was the Kendrick’s hit that extended the only Touchdown scoring drive the Packers had all weekend and several other bone headed calls against the purple. The officiating was totally balanced. Each team had it’s fair share of bad calls, which affected the entire game, not just the play at the end. Game script affects everything, and if several things went differently earlier in the game that interception, and Mathews call doesn’t even happen. The Vikings might have been ahead if a blocked punt didn’t happen, and if their kick actually made their field goals.

    Maybe the Packers would have won if Rodgers managed to score more than one TD for the whole game, your defense didn’t get torched in the second half by Cousin’s, Mike Mcarthy would have ran the ball at the end of regulation and force the Vikings to use Timeouts.

    It’s easy to blame a whole game for something that happened at the end but it’s not accurate at all.

  32. Non-story. He probably got asked, “Are you worried your knee might get worse instead of better?”

    Obviously, anyone injured regardless of the prognosis is always worried their injury isn’t going to heal as expected so there will always be “concern”.

  33. freefromwhatyouare says:

    A player is cleared to play in Green Bay only by Dr. Patrick McKenzie. The whole “Can’t hurt it any worse” came from halftime of the Chicago game when Aaron said he couldn’t hurt it any worse by playing the 2nf half.

    I realize we have many comments section doctors here. And funny that those from certain states always feel and say negative things and claim the worst possible case scenarios when it comes to the Packers. One can assume the agenda and motives there. It is very pathetic IMHO.
    ###

    So after a quick 30 minute look, Dr. McKenzie was able to 100% determine that Rodgers could do no more damage to his knee?

    This was the same Dr. McKenzie that gave Rodgers full medical clearance to play against the Panthers last year, and then shut him down after the game, even though he incurred no injury during the game.

    Think about that – same doctor both times. Last time it took one game before Rodgers was put on IR – with no other injury.

    And now, Rodgers is vocally questioning the medical advice of the same Dr. McKenzie:

    “Rodgers said that doctors told him that his condition couldn’t have gotten any worse. Rodgers now concedes that, as he continues to play on the injured leg, it could.”

    “Yeah, obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said…

    So either Rodgers is a liar or a drama queen – take your pick.

  34. Remember when Brady wondered out loud about ______???
    =====

    Deflated footballs?

    Trainer pushing PEDs?

    His dream of playing with a walker?

    Yeah. Certainly no drama there, huh?

  35. Can someone tell me why Vikings fans are still here in droves? You guys play Buffalo. Why is your focus Green Bay still?

    You are admitting that you can’t stop thinking about Green Bay. Your love of the Packers and their fans is clear by you being here.

    Thank you for the constant adoration, but frankly it’s a bit creepy to us.

  36. Maybe the Packers would have won if Rodgers managed to score more than one TD for the whole game, your defense didn’t get torched in the second half by Cousin’s, Mike Mcarthy would have ran the ball at the end of regulation and force the Vikings to use Timeouts.
    =====

    I applaud McCarthy for that one. Finish them off.

    Yes, they blew some redzone chances, but they Rodgers had his team up 20-7 in the 4th Q.

    And he got the ball back with 31 seconds left and managed to get them in field goal range.

    Certainly can’t hang this loss on Rodgers!

  37. This is why I have a problem with ALL the guaranteed money these players are now demanding with there over priced contracts ….one career ending injury and they still get the 80 million bucks to retire doesn’t seem fair to me !!!

    You play you get paid you don’t play you don’t deserve the money …that’s how us regular peeps live our regular lives .

  38. It amazes me how much Vikings fans hate Aaron Rodgers. I ask all of you, what has Rodgers ever done to you? Why are you so full of hate toward him?
    Rodgers has done nothing but show up and play as well as he can in every game he’s played in. He is a great QB. All of you haters must be insanely jealous of him. I think most of you need some serious couch time with a professional therapist.

  39. You play you get paid you don’t play you don’t deserve the money …that’s how us regular peeps live our regular lives .
    =====

    Sports and real world economics stopped intersecting decades ago.

    Complaining about it is pointless.

  40. gtodriver says:
    September 20, 2018 at 12:58 am
    I don’t think this ends well for the green and gold fans.
    //////////////////////

    …….so said every Viking fan, every year, for the last thirty years.

  41. freefromcommonsense says:

    Can someone tell me why Vikings fans are still here in droves? You guys play Buffalo. Why is your focus Green Bay still?
    ###

    In case you missed it, this is Pro Football Talk – a site where fans are encouraged to read and comment on articles about all 32 teams.

    If you only want to read and post on articles on the Packers, where only fans of the Packers can post, perhaps you don’t belong here.

    Beyond that, the Packers are in the NFC North Division – the same division as the Vikings, Lions and Bears.

    Articles on any team in the division have impact on the other three. Common sense would tell you that.

  42. Last week I commented that Rodgers should take the Vikes game off, to rehab that knee in favor of a full healthy season. At worst they’d have lost and only been one game back. So..he plays and now his knee injury lingers, and they gained nothing in the tie last weekend. McCarthy bet and lost. Gonna be a long season for pack fans.

  43. nyneal says:
    September 20, 2018 at 9:52 am
    It amazes me how much Vikings fans hate Aaron Rodgers. I ask all of you, what has Rodgers ever done to you? Why are you so full of hate toward him?
    ###

    I respect his talent.

    It’s his arrogance and lack of any redeeming social qualities that cause me to dislike him as a person. And it’s not just Vikings fans that share this sentiment.

    Notice how I didn’t say hate. Hate is too strong a word.

    If it were just that he was the Packers QB, I wouldn’t have the same feelings.

    Brett Favre was a thorn in our side for a lot longer than Rodgers – but Favre was a very likable guy.

  44. The QUITTER says:

    …….so said every Viking fan, every year, for the last thirty years.
    ###

    Yeah, Vikings fans were so worried about that 1988 Packers team that went 4 and 12….

    Or were you referring to the 1991 Packers with the same lofty record.

  45. Not a Packers fan but I do like them and esp. Rodgers. Don’t make the same mistake Ryan Tannehill didlast year–he didn’t get his partially torn ACL fixed, and the tore it in 2017 practice and was out for the year, back this year with knee brace. True the Pack will suck without him, but come on Rog, get ‘er done before it really really does get damaged. I’m sure Packers fans can wait another year for the knee to completely recover. Do you want to go through old age in constant pain? I don’t think so.

  46. gtodriver says:
    September 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

    It’s his arrogance and lack of any redeeming social qualities that cause me to dislike him as a person.

    Brett Favre was a thorn in our side for a lot longer than Rodgers – but Favre was a very likable guy.

    +++++

    Sending unsolicited photos of one’s privates is now a redeeming social quality (as long as you are “likable”)?

  47. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:24 am
    “Who’s decision is it if he can play or not”

    ===========

    A player is cleared to play in Green Bay only by Dr. Patrick McKenzie. The whole “Can’t hurt it any worse” came from halftime of the Chicago game when Aaron said he couldn’t hurt it any worse by playing the 2nf half.

    A player can always get hurt in a game obviously. By playing with this injury Aaron is not taking any further risk than the risk you have each time you step into a NFL game. Every player is risking injury that is in the game at anytime.

    The expectation from the actual doctors is that his knee will heal over time and playing is not adding to the issue. Can he reinjure it? Yes. Does playing Sunday make it more likely? No.

    I realize we have many comments section doctors here. And funny that those from certain states always feel and say negative things and claim the worst possible case scenarios when it comes to the Packers. One can assume the agenda and motives there. It is very pathetic IMHO

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

    Isn’t McKenzie the same doctor that was making Martellus Bennett play with a torn rotor cuff? Solid medical staff the green and yellow have.

  48. packerlies says:

    Sending unsolicited photos of one’s privates is now a redeeming social quality (as long as you are “likable”)?
    ####

    Okay, he did some things that I didn’t care for, that being one of them.

    But given the choice of spending a day with Brett vs a day with Aaron, I’d choose Brett every time.

  49. freefromcommonsense says:

    The expectation from the actual doctors is that his knee will heal over time and playing is not adding to the issue.
    ####

    Is “free” the PFT version of Baghdad Bob?

    (For those not familiar, BB was the Iraqi Information Minister for Saddam Hussein during the gulf war. His “reports” were always highly entertaining and totally devoid of any truth)

  50. Ok now I have literally heard it all.

    Someone here actually took the word of Martellus Bennett over the Packers highly respected team doctor.

    EVERY Packers player debunked Bennett’s words when they were said last year by the way. Vikings fans stating them as fact.

    Vikings trolls trying and failing to discredit a highly respected MD. This is rich😂

  51. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    Ok now I have literally heard it all.

    Someone here actually took the word of Martellus Bennett over the Packers highly respected team doctor.

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

    I don’t know what’s so hard to understand. Bennett was playing with the packers with a torn rotor cuff and torn labrum. He was complaining to the packer medical staff about a shoulder issue. McCarthy said “surgery was being discussed” before the packers released Bennett. The packer doctors either misdiagnosed or just didn’t care. Just because you don’t like someone doesn’t mean he’s lying.

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