Whether you want him or not, you have to take Stephen A. Smith when he refers to Aaron Rodgers a “baaad man!” The 2011 MVP and Super Bowl XLV champion quarterback is arguably the best in the NFL depending which team you like. When the Green Bay Packers started the season going 1-2 start in the 2014 season, Rodgers was nice and calm to his faithful cheese heads to “R-E-L-A-X. We’re going to be okay.” After supplying one of the greatest comments of the year, Rodgers and the team delivered on his promise, winning the NFC North title with a 12-4 record.
However, there is a reason for concern in Wisconsin after Rodgers injured his calf in the final week of the standard season contrary to the Detroit Lions. He somehow was able to throw a four-yard touchdown pass after the injury occurred before he was carted off the field in the 2nd quarter. Rodgers later returned in the 2nd half to lead the Packers to a 28-20 win, getting another touchdown pass and even plunging in from the goal line for a one-yard score. His toughness is unquestioned, but will the injury linger and create problems in the NFC Divisional Round?
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy hopes not. Green Bay had a much-needed bye to rest the star quarterback, but it’s likely that he’ll be limited in practice through the week. Frigid temperatures are expected at Lambeau Field on Sunday, whilst the thermometer will more than likely read below 10 degrees. This could be a problem for Rodgers’calf when it tightens up and limits his mobility. Rodgers is one of the greatest in the league at throwing on the run, so having this ability is likely to be key to his success contrary to the Dallas Cowboys‘ susceptible defense.
Let me be clear: This is not an injury to Rodgers’arm. He’ll still play, still throw and the Packers will still score. Rodgers may have the opportunity to add to his 38-touchdown, 4,381-yard season against a Dallas secondary which was exposed contrary to the Lions. The question is likely to be how severely the injury lingers and affects his ability to maneuver around in the pocket. If Rodgers isn’t at 100 percent, then Green Bay can rely on a bruising running back Eddie Lacy to hold to load in the cold.
If Green Bay features a healthy Rodgers on Sunday, they’ll discount double check the Cowboys from the NFL playoffs.