Aaron Rodgers just signed the deal of a lifetime. His possible $180 million in earnings was put at risk on Sunday night when Roy Robertson-Harris landed on Rodgers’ left knee during the second quarter.
Rodgers made a surprising return in the second half when the Packers needed him the most. He threw three touchdowns to Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison. Rodgers thought that his return would spark the momentum that his team needed. In reality, however, he was uncomfortable with the swelling in his knee and he was stagnant in his play as a result. The team won the game 24-23, but their reliance on Rodgers could cause problems for the Packers’ offense moving forward.
Having a 6’7” 294-pound defensive end sack Rodgers and land on his surgically-repaired knee is definitely not a good thing. Rodgers has already had his knee repaired twice, in 2003 and 2015 respectively. If his knee is torn again, he will join the Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz and the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson as the most recent quarterbacks to have dealt with the injury.
DeShon Kizer, who is new to the Packers, stepped in and did not deliver Rodgers’ level of play. However, he will need to put a lot of practice this week if he is called to take Rodgers’ place in the Packers’ game against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.
Sunday marks an important game for Rodgers. The Vikings’ linebacker, Anthony Barr, broke his collarbone in the 2017 season. Rodgers told NBC’s Michele Tafoya, “I’m playing next week,” but it is still too early to tell. Rodgers and the Packers staff have deflected specific questions regarding his injury. His miraculous comeback record would be valuable to any franchise and Green Bay’s hefty financial investment is now at stake for this season.
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