Any speculation of Rodgers playing again this season is over as of Tuesday. The Packers have placed him on IR for the second time this season after being officially eliminated from playoff contention Monday night. The announcement should come with no surprise if you witnessed the struggle Rodgers endured in Carolina. His arm strength was no where near where it should be and he also took a number of big shots that have left him “sore,” according to Mike McCarthy. The Packers are officially in offseason mode with two division games left on the schedule.
McCarthy on placing Aaron Rodgers on IR: It's what we felt was best for Aaron. He was sore, took a number of hits. We felt this was the best decision.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 19, 2017
After waiving him just a week ago, the Packers re-signed third string QB Joe Callahan to return as Hundley’s backup.
Hundley will make his eighth career start Saturday vs the Minnesota Vikings. The team that injured Rodgers and basically put the Packers’ season on life support. It’s hard not imagine how sweet it would have been for Rodgers to walk out onto Lambeau and take the down the Vikings to keep playoff aspirations alive.
This is the first time in his career that Rodgers has ended a season on IR. It better be the last.
It’s a harsh reality but losing would actually be better for the Packers in the long run. Their current first round pick lies somewhere between 15-20. Losing the final two meaningless games would obviously make it higher.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.