Matt LaFleur: Aaron Rodgers, if available, will “absolutely” start next week despite no practice

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Jordan Love did absolutely nothing to show the Packers he is the quarterback of the future, much less the quarterback of the present.

It doesn’t even seem a question of who the Packers will start next week if Aaron Rodgers is cleared to play in time. Nonetheless, Matt LaFleur was asked the question after the Packers’ 13-7 loss to the Chiefs.

LaFleur said Rodgers, if available, will “absolutely” start against the Seahawks, who could see the return of Russell Wilson.

“He’s our starting quarterback,” LaFleur said, via MK Burgess of WFRV. “We just need to make sure he’s well in tune with our plan, and we’ll see where he’s at at the end of the week.”

Saturday is the earliest the unvaccinated Rodgers can return based on the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

That means Love will take all the first-team reps in practice this week, but Rodgers will participate in meetings remotely. LaFleur noted that it isn’t “imperative” Rodgers practice this week in order to start.

That’s easy for him to say after what he saw in Love’s debut as a starter. Love went 19-of-34 for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

41 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Aaron Rodgers, if available, will “absolutely” start next week despite no practice

  1. Wow, so proud of LaFleur!

    First time all week he hasn’t lied while discussing Aaron Rodgers.

  2. Rodgers is a lying jerk. That team is just a bunch of cheaters and whiny babies.

  3. Our only hope for our Vikings to be relevant is for Rodgers not to play. No wonder we’re so salty.

  4. You have to play him. If getting the covid vaccine is considered a competitive advantage, so is playing your franchise QB. Love may or may not be the future, but we do know that Rodgers is the present and gives the team the best chance to compete. I’m sure his locker room feels the same after this performance.

  5. Lafleur has no choice. The offense stinks without Rodgers. Rodgers makes all of his mediocre receivers look good. Davante needs Aaron to get a big pay day because he’s no better than Greg Jennings was in Green Bay.

  6. Rodgers needs to be suspended for lying about vaccination and putting the team at risk and costing them a win. Kick the gut out a game, send a message.

  7. To be clear, vaccinated or not, in no way did Rodgers cause harm to anyone. Just like everyone else, vaccinated, or not. The vaccine does not stop transmission, it only lessens the symptoms, Get caught up to reality. The “rules” have been proven to be a complete farce.

  8. Jesus, Love started his first game ever, with very little prep, and put up nearly identical numbers as Mahommes….let’s not get too carried away.

  9. springfield says:
    November 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm
    To be clear, vaccinated or not, in no way did Rodgers cause harm to anyone. Just like everyone else, vaccinated, or not. The vaccine does not stop transmission, it only lessens the symptoms, Get caught up to reality. The “rules” have been proven to be a complete farce.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Vaccinated persons test positive for the COVID virus (breakthrough) at a rate of 1.7%. The Delta variant is a deluge for the ease of transmitting to others and causing long term and lifelong health issues. Leave death out if it fir now. If 100 people wore raincoats, less than two people get wet. Would you tell the remaining 98+ people wearing a raincoat is a complete farce? Get involved in reality. Stop listening to your fishing buddy or your wife’s hairdresser.

  10. That goes without saying. What team would start their backup if the starter’s available? By the way Love stinks, yeah, yeah. Hes just too huge a drop off from Rodgers. He may be “technically” a rookie, first start, needs more time, that may all be true but right now today he stinks. The Packers knew it or they wouldve booted Rodgers and all his drama and went with Love, but they didnt really want to go 4-13 now did they.

  11. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 7, 2021 at 9:13 pm
    Rodgers is a lying jerk. That team is just a bunch of cheaters and whiny babies.

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    Perhaps. But Lefluer has to forget al that and decide what will win football games.

  12. As a Packer fan, I’d be fine with giving Love one more start waiting for Rodgers to come back. But maybe this time the coaches, special teams and OL will show up? No, Love didn’t look great, but he’s also not the reason they lost. It was a poor effort all around. It was great to see the defence keep the game close though.

  13. Lost in all the commotion is the fact that this team looks built to win the whole thing if they can get and stay healthy.

  14. That’s the beautiful thing about glorious World Championships – there is no expiration date on any of them.

    With all humility I can honestly say we have a NFL record 13 of them.

    It truly is better football………

    ………for better people.

  15. It’s not even a question Rodger is starter when he comes back. He does not owe the team or league an apology they both knew very well that he was not vaccinated. It’s not a mandate in the NFL.

  16. Misled people about his vaccination status?..YES. Thinks everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault?.. YES. Looks for a flag or stink eyes a teammate on every play that doesn’t go his way?..YES. Needs to practice this week to play like one of the best QB’s ever? NO.
    (Press Conference Ends)

  17. Aaron Rodgers is a symptom of the mishandling of the COVID protocol by the Packers…they should lose at least a draft pick for this. And, to the uninformed, the vaccine does reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to someone else.

  18. Love didn’t move the offense that well but his numbers weren’t atrocious like the article implies. He needs live-reps in real games to improve. His stats weren’t all that different from what Mac Jones has been putting up and certainly better than what Zach Wilson has been putting up

  19. I’ll be rooting every pass lying Aaron makes is an interception and that we win 2- 0 .
    Did not see one state farm commercial with our disgraced QB proves they are done with that loser.

  20. I love all these Pats fans in here crowning Mac Jones as the next Brady. JLove got one gm opp vs a very good team. Think maybe more than a 1 gm audition, would be fair?

  21. The first time Rodgers had to step up in a game to replace Favre was in 2005 vs the Ravens… he went 8/15, 65 yards, 1 INT, and scored ZERO points. Second time Rodgers had to step in for Favre was in 2006 vs New England – he went 4/12, for 32 yards, and broke his foot scrambling out of bounds. Also scored zero points. Rodgers looked like a 100%, absolute bonafide bust from 2005-06′. It wasn’t until his 3rd season when he played against Dallas that he actually looked capable of being a starting NFL QB. I know we expect 1st-round quarterbacks to be able to come in and have pro-bowl seasons their rookie year, but sometimes guys just need a few years on the bench, just like Rodgers did. I’m not gonna give up on Jordan Love same way we didn’t give up on Rodgers.

  22. I’d be willing to bet that every player, coach and front office person couldn’t give a flip about AR’s vax status after witnessing Jordan Love’s disastrous performance yesterday.

  23. The KC DC played it perfect by blitzing Jordan Love all night,what did anyone expect Love to do under extreme pressure with two or three defenders in his face all night? it was a rude awakening for Love in his first nfl game but KC caused it by their defense.by the way,if Rodgers had started the Packers would have won by three scores no doubt.

  24. Sadly, integrity means nothing these days. It’s all about winning no matter what the cost.

  25. Nice look by the coach.
    “I don’t care if you lied and cheated the rules, cost us a game we should have won, brought a whole bunch of negative attention on us after largely erasing the memories of the drama from the offseason, hey, he can help us win next week.”
    Good luck implementing any discipline from your better players if they decided to put their selfish desires before the team.

  26. pkrlvr says:

    Jesus, Love started his first game ever, with very little prep, and put up nearly identical numbers as Mahommes….let’s not get too carried away.

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    What does that say about Mahomes? Yikes!

  27. Funny to see the mob pile on Jordan Love. Yes, he was very green out there, but the Packers D kept them in the game in a hostile environment against an elite team. Crosby’s 2 missed FGs didn’t help either. And lest we forget, Rodgers went 6-10 his first year as a starter with a team that was coming off an NFC title game appearance.

  28. This evaluation of Love’s performance being used to determine whether or not he should be the future of the Packers organization is just plain silly. Using the same logic Patrick Mahomes should not be the future of the Chiefs organization either. Love outplayed Mahomes.

  29. Hey, he may be a lying, sensitive self-important loser who has zero self-awareness, but he’s the best QB in the NFL. The Pack would be nuts not to start him and keep him around for the next 4 years.

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