Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) before the game against the Detroit Lions during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson says Packers should shut Aaron Rodgers down

Former Green Bay Packers cornerback and future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson has some advice for team regarding star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Last season, Woodson suffered from a broken collarbone, the same injury that Rodgers is going through, so he can relate to the issue.

As far as Woodson is concerned, the team should rest Rodgers if they are eliminated from playoff contention.

“[If] you don’t have the confidence or the doctors’ don’t have that confidence in that shoulder that you can go out there and the same thing is not going to happen again, I think you shut him down,” Woodson said, via Jason Wilde of “I went through the same thing last year and I wanted to come back Week 12, 13, 14. But the scans never gave us that confidence, so I didn’t come back until the playoffs. So if they don’t have the confidence in those scans, you shut him down.”

Of course, the team could remain in the playoff hunt with a big win this weekend, but it will be hard with Matt Flynn running the show.

Rodgers will want to go out there and prove that he is deserving of the big contract that he signed, but Woodson doesn’t feel that it is worth the risk.

“With having a guy that you’re going to pay over $100 million, [if] you’re out of the playoffs, I would shut him down,” Woodson said. “I know Aaron and if he’s healthy, it depends on what his scans are telling him, (but) I know he’s kicking and scratching trying to get back in the game. But having your franchise guy go out there and there is no chance at making the playoffs and you’re not really sure what’s going on with that shoulder [is a mistake].”

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