Nothing Will Happen to the Packers Over Aaron Rodgers and IR-Gate


SchefterMultiple teams complained to the NFL last week that the Packers violated the rules regarding players who are eligible to be placed on injured reserve — and that Green Bay should have to release quarterback Aaron Rodgers as a result, league sources told ESPN.

NFL rules stipulate that a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve. If that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy.

Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and played last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers but came out of the game because he was “sore,” according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

But Green Bay did not announce its decision to place Rodgers back on injured reserve until Tuesday, after the Packers had been eliminated from a potential postseason spot. … [I]it’s possible Rodgers could have played Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings. But the Packers opted to shut him down, which teams complained was a violation of NFL rules.

Well this is obviously a shock and an outrage anyway you look at it. I’m not saying that putting Aaron Rodgers on IR with a fake injury he doesn’t have just because Green Bay is out of the playoffs – IR-Gate – constitutes cheating. I’m just saying that it discredits everything they’ve ever accomplished. It’s unfair to the other 31 teams. Rules is rules. Rodgers needs to be released immediately. The NFL needs to launch an investigation that leads to the loss of draft picks, millions of dollars in fines and suspension. The nation has to turn against them for their arrogance. Mike McCarthy should be seen as a villain for the rest of his life. Mike McCheaty. Rodgers should get booed wherever he goes, even if he’s introduced at the Super Bowl in his hometown. Also, they deserve an asterisk for that one Super Bowl they won.

To be clear, this isn’t coming from me. This is coming from those other teams that follow the rules and don’t give themselves this unfair advantage. Oh wait. What was I thinking? This is the Packers. Never mind. We’ll won’t hear about this ever again.