Will Aaron Rodgers end up on injured reserve?

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his thumb in Week Five. It took him nearly seven weeks to acknowledge that the thumb is broken.

Why didn’t he say so sooner?

There are three possibilities, as we see it. First, he’s been tempted to disclose it since it happened, and he finally gave in to the urge to make sure everyone knows what he’s been dealing with. Second, he decided in the aftermath of Thursday’s poor performance against the Titans that he needed to give credence to the built-in excuse for multiple poor throws. Third, he’s laying the foundation for the endgame of his season, and possibly his career.

If the Packers don’t turn things around soon, Rodgers may end up on injured reserve for the rest of the year, with Jordan Love taking over.

Of course, if that happens, the question then becomes whether Rodgers will retire after the season, or even whether he’ll try to play for another team in 2023. The former is far more likely.

There’s also a chance Rodgers will be determined to not let a subpar 2022 be his final act in the NFL, and that he’ll decide to come back for one last ride.

Regardless, the current ride could be ending. Rodgers is too smart to do anything accidentally. He had a plan for saying what he said. And the plan could be that, if the Packers lose to the Eagles and fall to 4-8, he’ll slide to IR for the rest of 2022, with his status in 2023 to be determined at some point down the line.

57 responses to “Will Aaron Rodgers end up on injured reserve?

  1. The thing about Rodgers and Zach Wilson is that the only real difference is performance on the field– which is what matters most. However, his personality has always been this petulant, spoiled, aloof prima donna who doesn’t take criticism well. Compare that to Mahomes, Allen, or Burrow and how their teammates really rally for them. Not to mention Rodgers really really disrespects the media and doesn’t think them worthy. But they are the conduit between fans and him, which means, he doesn’t think much of fans either

  2. I’ve felt the same way and called it here a few weeks back. In 2010 Favre got a concussion in MN and that was it, ending a horrible season. Not saying the concussion wasn’t legit, and not saying Rodgers thumb isn’t legit either. Just saying there was kind a a writing on the wall feeling to both careers coming to an end.

  3. Why in the world would he want to trudge through the remainder of this lost season? Let those slugs around him pay the price for their poor performance. Mr. Rodgers has been nearly flawless all season. No reason he should be associated with this team’s pathetic performance.

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  4. I don’t understand why people think he’s going to retire soon. He is making too much money and is one of the top QBs in a QB-needy league. As much as I hope he can go away, he ain’t going to retire in a year or two though it’d be great if he is content to be in the IR this year.

  5. Or the actual sane option: he’s lying since there’s zero actual documented evidence from any institution (Aaron Rodgers notwithstanding) showing he has a broken thumb.

  6. I’m not a betting man myself, but what happens to all of the betting people when they find out Rodgers was perpetrating a kind of fraud? Seems like teams are responsible to report when players are injured, regardless of IR, so why would this not cause a stir with the NFL, and others?

    The tough-guy schtick seems weak.

  7. He’s been terrible for like 13-14 games. Dude would throw for 300 yards in his sleep. Hasn’t thrown for 300 in forever. We are seeing why Adams wanted out. Care doesn’t make sense, but the money did.

  8. Another scenario is Rodgers’s pride doesn’t want Jordan Love to see the light of day on the field as long as he’s a Packer. His stubbornness is legendary, and he may use the rest of the season as Spring Training with the new receiver corps heading into 2023.

  9. Is his thumb actually broken? Then why wasn’t this reported on the injury report before now.

  10. You’re on to something Florio, kinda. Rogers watched what Brady did and wanted out of Greenbay, but unfortunately for him, the Packers handed him a offer/contract he couldn’t refuse. You can tell by the way he has been acting this year, he’s having buyers remorse, but he’s trying his hardest to tone down the typical princess Rogers that we all know.

    He’ll lose another game or two and then go on the IR while keeping his trap shut and upping his trade value. He’ll get traded for a haul basically wrecking his new team and the Packers will right the wrong they did by giving Rogers that over priced silly contract. In the end, Aaron Rogers will be the epitome of “the grass isn’t always greener” sad story of “He should just stayed where he was at with a team friendly discount” and possibly win another championship will better players.

  11. If and when he retires I’m sure he’ll wait until after the draft and free agency is finished before he announces it.

  12. Rodger’s should end his season right now since the Packer’s are not going to the play-offs. It probably would help him get out of Green Bay so he can find a better team to finish his career.

  13. Aaron Rodgers with a broken thumb is far worse than Jordan Love could ever be.play Love now and give him experience and to show the team if he is actually good enough to lead the team should AR retire.they will be higher up in the draft order this year because of their poor record and drafting a qb wont be out of the question for management.all AR did was hurt his team by playing with the broken thumb for who knows if Love would have been more successful given his chance.

  14. Why was this not included weeks ago on the injury report, like it was supposed to be?Broken thumb or not,it now sounds like an excuse for his crappy play.

  15. Sure. It gives him an excuse for poor play, allows Love to show if he is the answer long term, and saves Rogers ego. I’d be shocked if it doesn’t happen, and I would expect Rogers, after the fact, to say he didn’t want to go on IR and wanted to compete.

  16. Rodgers will not go on IR or ahut it down in any way until the Pack is mathematically eliminated. Nor should he.
    So that won’t be until mid to late December.

  17. Green Bay missed the window of opportunity last offseason when they declined to trade Rodgers for a boatload of draft picks. Adams wanted out and the cupboard was devoid of WRs. The FO had to have seen this coming but their mismanagement of the cap left no money for signing any veteran WR that could help.Going into the season with a WR room of rookies and often injured average players was a recipe for disaster.Add a defense that was estimated to be top five but looks more bottom five and you got a lost season. Well more time for hunting and ice fishing in GB.

  18. First and second aren’t exclusive. He wants credit for playing through the injury if he does well and a built in excuse for playing poorly (which he has).

    The Packers really screwed up last offseason while the Seahawks played it right. You can’t be so scared of “what happens next” that you make yourself miserable today.

  19. He is looking for an out for this season and the perfect excuse to explain why he has played far below his level. Hang in there Rodgers! Would love the Vikings to get one more win against you.

  20. I don’t know how you lose 3 receivers (2 of them being Rodgers favorite targets) and think replacing them with rookies and Sammy Watkins is acceptable. Adams drew doubles and took the top off the defense. Until one of our rookies can do that defenses are going to feast on the pass game. Smack talk AR all you want, but he’s working with very little.

  21. 1.Rog isn’t stepping aside.
    2.He never wanted to leave his cushiony power position and go elsewhere where he was just a qb. He knew he ruled the roost in gb.
    3 He’s not ret with another 50 mil coming his way.
    4. Rodgers always cared more about his personal records then winning.He covets the pass percentage record which is the best ever. One sb win is no big deal in the hof. That record is.Thats why he wanted Adams, he could catch and was reliable.

  22. Of course, if that happens, the question then becomes whether Rodgers will retire after the season, or even whether he’ll try to play for another team in 2023. The former is far more likely.

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    With the way Mac has played it’s possible Belichick could try to convince him to come over for a couple years.

  23. Tired of Aaron rolling his eyes and looking up to the heavens every time he throws and incomplete pass. Always wants to blame the receiver for not being where he threw the ball. His actions are really starting to grind on me.

  24. Not even die hard Packer rubes think they’ll beat the Eagles or make the playoffs this year. 6-11 is most likely their season total.

  25. I don’t know about the rest of you here, but this exactly how I expected his year to end. A fake?/real? injury that lets him quit on the rest of the season.

  26. A broken thumb doesn’t explain Rodger’s piss poor performance in the season opener, or his marginal play in all games except against Chicago before he supposedly broke his thumb.

    Seriously, Rodgers has sucked most of the season.

    And if his thumb is so bad, why didn’t he simply hand the ball off more often like he did against the Cowboys? 39 rushes vs 20 passes and a win…

    Next week he reverts back to 39 passes and only 19 running plays and he gets embarrassed again…

  27. How many more times do I have to say this? He absolutely will not retire the same year as Brady. Shoot I would be surprised if retires the same year as Matt Ryan.

  28. Probably lots of coaches and GMs chatting with Aaron’s agent, trying to figure out the best way to get him out of Green Bay and into another uniform. I think there have been talks going on behind the scenes ever since the Packers drafted another QB in the first round. It’s just that the new QB isn’t as good as they were hoping, and Aaron keeps having MVP seasons. What a mess, but Aaron Rodgers would be welcome in a lot of places. Good coaches become HOF coaches when they have a HOF QB, and lots of coaches wouldn’t mind having that kind of security.

  29. I think that his thumb is NOT broken and this is his excuse for playing so poorly. If his thumb is really broken, then he and Green Bay broke league rules. THey are required to report all injuries. In addition, there will be a lot of angry people that placed bets on Green Bay.

    This could get interesting.

  30. #3 – when mathematically eliminated from playoffs the Packers NEED to play Love to see if he’s worth the $20mil 5th year option in May ’23. Rodgers on IR gives everyone a convenient reason for playing Love.

  31. Put him anywhere! Just put him out of our misery!
    Easily the most unlikeable sports figure ever.
    Absolutely NO redeeming qualities.

  32. pkrlvr says:
    November 24, 2022 at 9:41 am
    I don’t know how you lose 3 receivers
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    And still some of you refuse to admit that Rodgers refusal to work with receivers all off season was his fault.

  33. I’d take Rodgers on my team with 1st over all pick in draft “I” said ORIGINALLY looking at you (Nolan/Mcloughan/McCarthy) any day any game, any where, any opponent

    -9ER Fan

  34. Geez Mike,.. we’ve been saying as much in GB for the past month. The season is lost. There’s no playoffs this year. Let’s see how much improved Jordan Love has gotten,… according to LaFleur’s comments. The Packers have to make the 5th year option call next spring. It’s a $20 million decision,… I think Gutey and Russ Ball would like to kick the tires first.

  35. jimmygeewhiz says:
    September 27, 2022 at 11:18 am
    If this season has taught us anything (so far), it’s that the Vikings were darn lucky to get the Packers week one — in effect, the Packers’ starters’ pre-season warm-up game.

  36. birds of a feather says:
    November 24, 2022 at 3:43 am
    He’s been terrible for like 13-14 games. Dude would throw for 300 yards in his sleep. Hasn’t thrown for 300 in forever. We are seeing why Adams wanted out. Care doesn’t make sense, but the money did.
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    300 yards… how about some defense. By the way, Stafford didn’t toss for 300 yards in the Rams SB win, nor did Brady in the Bucs SB win, nor did Mahommes in the Chiefs SB win, nor did Brady in the Pats SB win. Brady tossed for 505 yards in the SB loss to the Eagles. Hey, 300 yards passing though!

  37. I’ve been ready for Jordan Love to start and Aaron Rodgers to be gone ever since Rodgers used his quiet wink-and-a-nod privilege and influence to lie about has vaccination status, affecting who-knows how many unsuspecting others who trusted him. I don’t care if he wasn’t vaccinated. I don’t like self-serving liars, especially about something as important as Covid and especially from leaders of a team I actively support. He’s an eleven-year postseason loser and he’s had more than enough chances. The Packers have given him sterling offenses and supporting defenses to win. If the Packers struggle through another decade or two of the Dark Years, I’ll be there supporting them just like last time. It’s time to make it about the Packers and not an attention-loving narcissist. We’ve had too many of those in our lives already. Go Pack Go!

  38. Please let Rodgers and LaFleur come back again for the packers next year. Let’s run this thing back one more time!

  39. charliecharger says:

    Probably lots of coaches and GMs chatting with Aaron’s agent, trying to figure out the best way to get him out of Green Bay and into another uniform. I think there have been talks going on behind the scenes ever since the Packers drafted another QB in the first round. It’s just that the new QB isn’t as good as they were hoping, and Aaron keeps having MVP seasons. What a mess, but Aaron Rodgers would be welcome in a lot of places. Good coaches become HOF coaches when they have a HOF QB, and lots of coaches wouldn’t mind having that kind of security.
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    This might have been true a year ago.

    But today?

    First problem is his new contract, which makes a trade difficult.

    Second problem is his performance this season, which has been marginal.

    Third problem is his attitude, which has been extremely cavalier for years.

    Fourth problem is his age, which will be 40 during the 2023 season.

    Even if you eliminate one of these 4 problems, it still is three strikes.

  40. Rodgers will eventually go on IR–probably after the ninth loss guarantees a losing season–because the Packers need to see what they have in Love before they have to decide next spring on whether they pick up his fifth year option.

    But make no mistake, Rodgers will be back in 2023. Leave aside the money (which he definitely wants)–he doesn’t want to share the same HoF class with Tom Brady. If Brady had stayed retired, this might have been Rodgers’ last season. As it is? He’ll hang on for one more year, so he doesn’t get overshadowed when he gets his gold jacket.

  41. Leave aside the money (which he definitely wants)–he doesn’t want to share the same HoF class with Tom Brady.
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    They’re friends, supposedly. Maybe they decide it would be the HOF class to end all HOF classes?

    .. if his ego is SO massive, as people seem set on believing, then Brady would be going in with Rodgers, not the other way around.

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