The Green Bay Packers suffered another loss on Thanksgiving Day, as their struggles continue without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The hope is that Rodgers will be able to return next week, but there is no certainty and he could eventually be ruled out even further.
If Rodgers is unable to return next weekend, the Packers chances of making the postseason are slim to none. As a result, the team could decide to shut their quarterback down for the remainder of the season and allow him to fully recover.
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
For #Packers, if Rodgers can’t go this week & they have no chance at the playoffs, source said it’s possible Rodgers is shut down for 2013
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013
It would be a disappointing end to the season for Green Bay, but it would be the smart decision.
Rodgers would have nothing to gain by returning to a team with no playoff hopes and the further damage that could be done would end up hurting the team more in the long run. Packers fans would love to see Rodgers back on the field this season, but if they can’t make the playoffs then it is best for him to rest up and prepare for another run next season.