Aaron Rodgers to think about thought of QB change if Packers are eradicated with ‘open thoughts’

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is taking part in Sunday in opposition to the Chicago Bears regardless of his newest harm, this one to his ribs, and the Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback would not plan on that altering the remainder of the season.

Besides in the event that they’re out of playoff competition.

At 4-8 and teetering on the verge of elimination, that might develop into a actuality sooner quite than later — at which level Rodgers stated he understands {that a} dialog will nearly actually be had about his standing for the rest of the season.

That is largely due to Jordan Love, the third-year backup quarterback who hasn’t performed a lot significant soccer in his profession. He confirmed some promise in reduction of Rodgers after he left Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Eagles due to the rib harm.

“Look, I’d love to finish the season out, but I understand this is a business and there’s a lot of us kind of older guys who play a decent amount and they might want to see some younger guys play,” Rodgers stated Wednesday. “Hopefully we don’t have to have that conversation. But if that conversation comes up, I’ll approach that with an open mind and without any bitterness or resentment. Obviously, like I said, I want to win out and we don’t have to have those conversations. I understand if we don’t that’s a possibility to have that conversation.”

To make sure, Rodgers by no means stated he would welcome that — simply that he would perceive it is one thing the workforce must think about.

The one different time Rodgers didn’t end out a season when the Packers have been out of playoff competition was 2017. He got here again from a damaged collarbone in Week 15 in opposition to the Panthers however after the Packers misplaced that sport and have been eradicated from the playoffs with two video games remaining, Rodgers went again on injured reserve. That was merely procedural, and Rodgers would have tried to maintain taking part in in the event that they have been nonetheless within the hunt.

When requested if that may be a greater plan of action to ensure he is totally wholesome for subsequent yr, Rodgers stated: “I mean, that’s an assumption that this place won’t look any different next year. Again, that’s part of the conversation.”

Rodgers has not stated whether or not he plans to play in 2023, however he has a assured $59.5 million ready for him if he does. Rodgers didn’t apply Wednesday however stated he threw a number of passes and felt a lot better than he did when he exited Sunday’s sport. He stated if the development continues, he may apply both Thursday or Friday this week.

He wouldn’t say whether or not he has damaged ribs or an harm to the cartilage within the rib cage however hinted that it may very well be the latter, just like what Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had earlier this season.

“Possibly, yeah,” Rodgers stated when Herbert’s harm was talked about.

Whatever the specifics, Rodgers stated he’ll most likely put on some kind of rib safety for the primary time in his NFL profession.

“Yeah, I probably will, to protect it a little bit more,” he stated. “I haven’t worn rib pads since college. I’m not sure I want to start now, but I’ll probably definitely have something covering it up.”