ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Sunday morning that multiple NFL teams have made complaints to the league over the past week that the Green Bay Packers committed a rule violation in regards to Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay quarterback broke his collarbone in the game their game against division rival Minnesota on October 15. Rodgers was effectively placed on the Packers’ injured reserve list and missed a total of seven games before being activated to play in last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. However, Rodgers did come out of the game early due to soreness.
On Tuesday, Green Bay announced that they would place Rodgers on the IR list, effectively ending his season. The announcement came after the Atlanta Falcons won their matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, a win that eliminated any chances Green Bay had of playing in the post-season. If the Falcons had lost the game, the Packers would still have a chance to make the playoffs heading into their game in week 16 but the Packers chose to end his season.
Because it is not believed that Aaron Rodgers suffered a new injury against the Panthers, the NFL teams filing complaints are saying it is a violation of league rules. The rule states that for a player to be eligible for a team’s IR the player must suffer and new injury that would keep them out at least six weeks, and if not the team is obliged to release the player once they are healthy. If this is the case, the Cleveland Browns would be the first team to have an opportunity to claim the quarterback off of waivers, essentially solving the long-standing quarterback issue in Cleveland.
While most do not expect the NFL will require Green Bay to release Rodgers, they are curious to know why the Packers are being granted immunity in regards to this rule. The NFL has directed all questions about this situation to the Packers. Green Bay has declined to comment any further than to say that Rodgers would not have been medically cleared to play in week 16, which is why teams are questioning the decision to place Rodgers on the IR because being on the IR and not being medically cleared to play are two completely different situations.
The likelihood of Aaron Rodgers playing for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 is extremely low, however, it is worth noting that new Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey was the director of college scouting for Green Bay when Rodgers was drafted by the team.
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