Aaron Rodgers woke up Sunday morning with his back “all locked up”

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At the end of his post-game press conference. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made an impromptu, post-hoc amendment to the team’s official injury report.

He had a back issue on Sunday morning, which required immediate treatment on Sunday morning to allow him to play.

“I do have to give a big shout out to [Packers Coordinator of Rehabilitation] Nate Weir and [Packers Chiropractor] Mike Zoelle,” Rodgers said. “I woke up this morning and my back was killing me, it was all locked up. And I came in here early, and I’m thankful for those guys taking care of me in order to go out and play today.”

So what happened?

“My back was a little stiff Saturday,” Rodgers said. “Maybe you guys know this or don’t know this, but there’s an antiquated procedural thing in our league where the most important night of sleep we stay at a hotel. And I don’t want to blame it on the hotel, it’s a nice hotel. But my bed at the house that I sleep in every other night of my time here in Green Bay would probably be a little bit of a better option, I think. And that’s just my opinion.”

Most teams (except the really cheap ones) mandate a hotel stay the night before a home game. It keeps players who may be tempted to not actually sleep from going out, possibly all night long.

That’s how players can end up, as former Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna once observed of a teammate, “drunk in the huddle.” Thus, while some players (like Rodgers) can be trusted to be responsible if allowed to stay at home, some of the younger guys may not get the rest they need on the week’s “most important night of sleep.”

Not that a lack of sleep or sobriety matter to Packers receiver Max McGee in the first Super Bowl ever played.

21 responses to “Aaron Rodgers woke up Sunday morning with his back “all locked up”

  1. Isn’t it crazy that you have to give pros making at a minimum more than the president of the U.S. makes a curfew to expect them to be responsible. I just spent a week at a hotel for a work conference, and I don’t care how nice those beds are. They don’t compare to the bed that I invested in.

  2. “Thus, while some players (like Rodgers) can be trusted to be responsible….
    Ok, now that’s pretty judgemental to assume Rodgers would be responsible over other players, besides it wasn’t a problem all these years. I think his age is catching up to him.

  3. I would think that they stay in the same hotel for home games. Couldn’t they get a mattress that Aaron likes store it either at the hotel or the Packers facility and just swap it out the for the day that it is needed.

  4. ariani1985 says:
    October 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Always excuses.


    Excuses for winning?🤨🤔🤫

  5. “Always excuses.” — Yeah. Boy that’s a heck of an excuse for *checks notes* winning handily. Man. Wow. What an excuse for winning.

  6. I’d wager the next Packers QB won’t whine about stuff like this. And probably win more than one title in 20 years.

  7. I bet his back isn’t feeling better today. The Diva got a rather rude treatment by an ineffective Washington defense that seemed more than happy to pound him at every chance they got.

  8. These are adults we are talking about right? Can’t be trusted to get enough rest the night before a game? Ugh….

  9. Green Bay Packers fans better enjoy Aaron Rodgers while they still have him,because once he’s gone….he’s gone and he will take all the winning with him. There will be deep dark days in titletown when Jordan Love eventually takes over at QB.

  10. If Rodgers back was locked up and hurting after a day of lounging around before a Sunday game then I can only imagine how badly dudes back will be hurting him after AZs pass rush lights him up a half dozen to a dozen or so times between hits n sacks come Thursday.

  11. Bench him! 😀 The injury risk is real and the Steelers need him in good shape when he signs with them next season. ;D

  12. Hope they find that key to unlock it. The sweetest victory is one that’s won against an opponent who’s at full strength. Then it takes away any excuses they may make for losing.

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