The Green Bay Packers will have Aaron Rodgers under center this week as he was named the starting quarterback for Week 17 – a pivotal, winner take all matchup against the Chicago Bears.
It’s understandable that Rodgers will be on the field given the magnitude of the game, but is he healthy? That remains to be seen.
When there was talk of Rodgers returning to the Packers starting lineup a few weeks back, it was reported that doctors informed the team and Rodgers that he could inflict much more serious damage to himself by taking hits. Granted, that was a few weeks ago and the broken collarbone has had more time to heal, but it sounds as if there is still some concern as head coach Mike McCarthy suggested Rodgers understands the risk he’s taking by playing:
McCarthy: “Aaron (Rodgers) has accepted level of risk. This has been stressful period for him. … he wants to focus on football.” #Packers
That doesn’t sound like the most positive endorsement, health wise.
Regardless, risking further injury or not, Rodgers will be out there with Green Bay’s season on the line.