Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers season is holding on by a thread after the team was defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 12. That loss dropped the Packers’ record to 4-8 on the season as they have lost seven out of their last eight games played.
As if delivering what is possibly the final nail in the coffin of their season wasn’t bad enough, quarterback Aaron Rodgers also suffered another injury in the game. Rodgers entered the game already dealing with a thumb injury that occurred in Week 5 against the New York Giants, which he recently admitted was broken. Now, he is dealing with a rib injury.
While Rodgers hasn’t missed any time because of his thumb injury, the rib injury was bad enough that he was removed from the game in the second half. Jordan Love stepped into the lineup to play the entire fourth quarter and looked good doing so. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 113 yards, throwing a touchdown to Christian Watson as well.
Should Love need to play again at some point this season, Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff can at least have confidence knowing that Love can get the job done. It was a small sample size, but he did look very good against the Eagles and even received some recognition from cornerback Darius Slay.
While no one would blame the Packers for wanting to get an extended look at Love, it doesn’t sound like it will be coming this week against the Chicago Bears. According to LaFleur, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the team is expecting Rodgers to be on the field Sunday afternoon despite the rib and thumb injuries.
As long as the Packers mathematically have a chance at making the playoffs they will likely keep starting Rodgers as long as he can go. But, once they are eliminated, which could be as soon as this week, that could certainly change.
Expect Love to be out there as the starting quarterback for the Packers eventually, but it won’t be this week against the Bears as Rodgers is going to tough it out for at least one more game this season.