Questions begin to loom about the quarterback’s immediate future.
Former Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson says if the side falls out of playoff contention this NFL season they should put Aaron Rodgers on the shelf.
While the team has not officially discussed the idea of shutting down their number one quarterback, effectively waving a white flag to their Super Bowl dreams for season 2013-14, it is a move Woodson believes should be considered.
With having a guy that you’re going to pay over $100 million, [if] you’re out of the playoffs, I would shut him down,” Woodson said.
“I know Aaron, and if he’s healthy I think depends on what his scans are telling him. I know he’s kicking and scratching trying to get back in the game. But having your franchise guy go out there and there is no chance at making the playoffs and you’re not really sure what’s going on with that shoulder (is a mistake).”
Rodgers is a slim chance of playing this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons after breaking his collar-bone on November 4.
Since then the Packers have gone win-less, and with their record at 5-6-1, are outside chances of making the playoffs at best, even if they win all of their remaining games.
Woodson, who has suffered broken collarbones in his career, said it is not worth the risk.
“If you don’t have the confidence, the doctors don’t have the confidence in that shoulder, that you can go out there and the same thing is not going to happen again, I think you shut him down,” Woodson said.
“I went through the same thing last year and I wanted to come back Week 12, 13, 14. But the scans never gave us that confidence, so I didn’t come back until the playoffs. So if they don’t have the confidence in those scans, I think you shut him down.”