Aaron Rodgers returned to the Green Bay lineup for just one game, a 31-24 loss against the Carolina Panthers. Just two days later, the Packers placed Rodgers on season-ending injured reserve. Brett Hundley will return to the starting lineup for the final two games of the season, including Saturday nights home game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers was sore after taking a number of hits in Sunday’s game and felt it was the best decision.
“He’s not happy about it,” McCarthy said. “It’s a hard day for him. This is not the way, I don’t think, any player wants to see their season come to a conclusion, being on IR. We all understand and appreciate and respect his competitive spirit, but we felt as an organization this was in his best interest.
Several times during McCarthy’s press conference on Tuesday, he said, “We felt this was clearly in Aaron Rodgers’ best interest.” [Read more…]