Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat out Sunday night’s game against the Eagles with a rib injury. Jordan Love, a former first-round draft pick, replaced Rodgers under center late in the third quarter.
Rodgers’ career fate became one big take over the summer. Speculation flew as to whether the reigning league MVP would return to Green Bay, he would go to another NFL team or possibly retire.
Last week, Rodgers revealed that he has been playing with a broken thumb on his pitching hand since Week 5. The injury prompted discussions about whether Rodgers would now consider retiring from the game.
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One of Rodgers’ former teammates, AJ Hawk, decided to weigh in on how much longer he thinks the caller will play in the NFL.
“I don’t see him leaving football after this… I just don’t see it happening like that,” Hawk said Tuesday.
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Rodgers spoke with Hawk during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” The quarterback said he hopes to play next weekend against the Chicago Bears. He also mentioned that he received “good news” on his rib scans.
Rodgers detailed the rib injury and said he was in “considerable pain” before going to the locker room Sunday night.
After the game, Rodgers noted that he was having trouble breathing and rotating his upper body. He also expressed concern that he may have punctured a lung.
Rodgers’ current contract with the Packers runs through the 2026 season.
The Packers quarterback turns 39 on Friday and will earn an average of $50 million per year for the first three years of the contract. The contract designates the last two years as placeholder seasons, giving Green Bay a possible exit.
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The Packers are 4-8 on the season and have lost seven of their last eight games.