It seems that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is recovering much quicker than anticipated from the collarbone injury he suffered back in Week 6.
That’s the good news here. The bad news? The Packers are 1-4 since Rodgers suffered the injury and find themselves pretty much out of the NFC Playoff race.
To make matters even worse, the Packers placed Rodgers on injured reserve. This means he’s not able to return to the field until Week 15.
And if we were to ask Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, the decision to place Rodgers on IR was a mistake.
Clay Matthews said he's seen Aaron Rodgers in the rehab group and he looks so good that, "We probably should've kept him off IR." https://t.co/p8DNhwWlWt
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 29, 2017
That’s unlikely to go over well with fans in Green Bay.
There’s really no telling whether Rodgers would have been able to return before Week 15. But if there was a chance, maybe the team should have kept him on the 53-man roster.
Green Bay takes on Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the two games before Rodgers is eligible to return from IR. Those are games the Packers would have likely won without much of an issue if the former MVP were on the field. Now, it’s obviously an open question.
Unless the Packers do indeed win their next two games and remain in playoff contention, it’s hard to envision the team actually activating Rodgers for the final three games of the season.