In the continuing, swirling Sunday news cycle there were conflicting reports about whether Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers would play this coming Sunday when the Packers host the 3-8 Atlanta Falcons.
The first reports yesterday (as reported across the interweb including right here) indicated that Rodgers would be “lucky” to play Sunday. Reports were stating that the Packers were even considering a Rodgers shut-down if the Packers lost against the Falcons and fell further out of a potential playoff spot.
But those reports were turned upside down late last night when Fox Sports Los Angeles wrote that Rodgers told them, “I’ll be back and ready to go Sunday” while interviewed briefly at an NBA game he attended between the Clippers and Indiana Pacers.
Rodgers has made it known that he wants to play regardless of the Packers record and standing in the playoff chase. When asked about being shut down, Rodgers is reported to have said that it “is not my personality. I don’t want to do that.”
But getting the medical staff and Packers brass to see the same picture, Rodgers may have some issues. We all know how conservative the team has been in bringing players back from injury. A four-week injury many times turns into twice that amount of time and when they are considering their best player and one of the highest-paid players in the league, do the Packers allow him to play and increase the chances of re-injuring the clavicle?
That will be the question at the top of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference slated for 4:45 p.m. today. The Packers get back to work this week in preparing for the Falcons next Sunday. Coming off a winless November, the Packers find themselves only one-half game behind the Chicago Bears, but are 1.5 games behind the Detroit Lions. If you have a short memory, the Packers suffered one of their most humiliating defeats in many years to the Lions last Thursday.
How will they proceed with Rodgers?
Stay tuned …