GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers‘ season began with a knee injury and ended with a concussion.
He also took a tough hit his very first dropback of the game, got sacked by linebacker Jarrad Davis and lost his helmet onto the play. He stayed in for 2 more series before he walked into the locker room with an associate of the medical staff.
The Packers lost the game 31-0.
It’s at the next known concussion of Rodgers’ NFL career. He suffered two through the 2010 season, which the Packers capped with a victory in Super Bowl XLV. He did not miss a game after his first concussion, that happened in Season 5. He missed one game later in the summer after he sustained a concussion in Week 14 in Detroit.
Interim coach Joe Philbin said he wasn’t sure exactly when Rodgers was concussed.
“I’ll sort of have to take a closer look,” Philbin said. “However, I had sat down with him after each string, what would he play with three series maybe? Yeah, also I sat , I went into the seat there and apologized to the excellent second-and-10 telephone that got him sacked. However he looked OK.
“He and I, we talked after that next show and he said he was becoming appraised. So, I don’t understand. I am not sure exactly.
Rodgers ended the season together with his lowest end rate (62.3 percent) since he became a starter and his seventh touchdown passes (25) in a season where he missed one or no matches. He did surpass the 4,000-yard death mark (with 4,442) for the seventh time in his career.
The Packers chosen to play Rodgers in a meaningless game despite a banged-up attacking line. Neither of these preferred starting guards playedwith. Alternatively, Lucas Patrick along with Justin McCray substituted Lane Taylor (who was active but did not begin ) and also Byron Bell (who’s on injured reserve). Additionally, left handle David Bakhtiari has been on the accident report all week as a result of a hip injury from late in a week’s overtime win against the Jets. He managed to get during Sunday’s first half did not start the minute.
Rodgers, 3-5, also started the game with no leading receiver, Davante Adams, whose knee injury prevented him from breaking the franchise record for receptions in a season. He had two more catches to surpass Sterling Sharpe’s team record of 112.
Rodgers insisted playing even after the Packers (6-9-1) were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15, citing the importance from a leadership perspective. Philbinteam president Mark Murphy and overall director Brian Gutekunst were in agreement about allowing Rodgers to playwith.
The Packers were down 7-0 when Rodgers abandoned the field for the final time. Briefly before he walked into the locker room, the Lions executed a fake field goal to take a 14-0 lead that climbed to 21-0 from half time.
DeShone Kizer, the former Cleveland Browns newcomer who came to Green Bay in an offseason trade, substituted Rodgers. This was his first significant activity since Rodgers missed part of the growing season opener against the Bears when he hurt his left knee. Rodgers returned in that game to rally the Packers to a victory from down 20-0.
Kizer completed 16 of 35 moves Sunday for 132 yards and an interception. The Packers punted seven days, flipped it over on downs two and experienced the interception. They totaled just 175 net yards and managed just nine first downs in the loss.
“When arguably the best player in the game renders, it is not going to affect you favorably,” Packers center Corey Linsley explained. “to begin with, I want to express that Aaron was very emotional. I am not talking about additional QBs, however I know that for him to get emotional leaving a game that everybody, quote-unquote, says is vain, shows us how hard he wanted to play out there and also how far he wanted to be with his boys. This has been special.”
Rodgers has said a few occasions this season he may need surgery on his injured left knee after the growing season. It’s possible that operation can occur as soon as this past week.