The Green Bay Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. But quarterback Aaron Rodgers might not be available. The fact of the matter is, we just don’t know. Last Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers left in the first half after suffering a knee injury. He even had to be carted off the field, which prompted many to believe his season was done with.
And yet, he would take the field to start the second half. Then, the Packers would turn a 17-0 halftime deficit into a 24-23 victory. And while Rodgers did say in the postgame interview that he’d be playing against Minnesota, the reality looks really different.
“There was a lot of adrenaline and (it’s) pretty sore the last three days,” Rodgers said via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. He also made it a point to mention that he didn’t take any pain medications on Sunday because he doesn’t like them. For the time being, he’s calling it a “sprained knee.” But in regards to Sunday’s Week 2 contest, the Packers have yet to reach a decision on his status.
Last season, a broken collarbone limited the two-time MVP to just seven games. In his place, Brett Hundley would go on to finish as the second-worst QB across the league last season. The worst? Rodgers’ new backup DeShone Kizer, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. Filling in on Sunday night, Kizer went 4-of-7 with 54 yards. But he also fumbled the ball in the red zone, took two sacks and threw a pick-6 just before halftime.
In other words, they probably need QB1 under center if they’re going to make some noise this year.
Beating the Vikings on Sunday with a healthy Rodgers was already a tall task. But playing without him for an extended period of time again? Green Bay’s season might already be over before it truly starts.