Packers XLV

Will He Or Won't He?

Posted December 19th, 2013 @ 08:12pm

This particular blog entry will have a very short shelf life. In less than 24 hours we'll know whether Aaron Rodgers will return Sunday to face the Steelers, in what the Packers are calling a semifinal playoff game in their hunt for the NFC North title.

By now you know where each side is coming from. Rodgers has yet to be cleared medically, and took second team reps in practice for a second straight day. The biggest Thursday surprise came from the mouth of Mike McCarthy: "He looks sharp...he looks ready to play." Rodgers has echoed those sentiments.

But the decision on when the $110 million man returns is not theirs to make. It rests with team doctor Pat McKenzie and GM Ted Thompson, both of whom went to the Rush Limbaugh school of conservatism (not politically, but in how they go about their business).

The hunch here is that Rodgers misses another week and the organization hopes that Matt Flynn, along with his suddenly playoff-relevant teammates can dispatch of the Steelers, a proud franchise that played wretched football early, but has shown signs of life in recent weeks.

The Pack will also be without premier run-stopper Johnny Jolly, putting more pressure on Dom Capers' troubling unit, which will have its hands full with rookie back LeVeon Bell.

But for the next day there will be much teeth-gnashing. Will he or won't he? Rodgers has spoken about risk-reward in recent days, basically saying to McKenzie and Thompson, 'look, you know I'm not 100% and I know I'm not 100%, but let's roll the dice and try to win a division title.' It's a nice stand to take and it helps the fans understand that he wants more than anything to be out there. But the truth is, the Packers won't put him out there if they think there's a chance he could re-injure the collarbone and risk a long rehabilitation.

We all want to see #12 out there. But I think the next time we see him on the football field will be at Soldier Field.

Hopefully, that game will mean something.

 

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Comments (2):

Pack lifer... You verbalized my thoughts perfectly I can not add anything to your thoughtfull and insightful comments. Thank You for reading my mind !! Go Pack Go !!

on December 20th, 2013 at 01:29pm

Unless Rodgers is fully healed and medically cleared there's no good reason to rush him back just in hopes of winning a division title in order to become an early playoff elimination in any case. No one questions Rodgers' toughness or commitment to the team. He has nothing to prove about himself. Sometimes being macho at the wrong time about the wrong thing can really hurt you and your team. If he's in the game in any event you can be sure the Steelers will go after that shoulder even though they won't admit it. Or maybe they might. A hit or fall on a collarbone that still has some fracture to it on that hard, frozen tundra turf could give ARod a much more extensive offseason surgery and rehab and I can't believe he or the the club wants that. If the Pack can't win this game at home with Matt Flynn they don't deserve to be in the playoffs. If they do get in it would be better to have Rodgers in January than out with a reinjured shoulder.

on December 20th, 2013 at 05:13am

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