The Green Bay Packers waited until Friday to rule out star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the seventh consecutive game, but pay per head sportsbooks found out that the player apparently was not as close to coming back as it seemed.
According to sources, Rodgers’ broken left collarbone still showed “extraordinary risk” if he returned to action on Sunday to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This past week, Rodgers held limited practice. Pay per head sportsbooks learned that on Wednesday, he split snaps with Matt Flynn, but the player’s participation lessened on Thursday, when it was clear that Green Bay were again getting Flynn ready to start against Pittsburgh.
Regarding Rodgers being ruled out on Friday, coach Mike McCarthy said many times during a news conference that it was “an organizational decision.”
Sources said that McCarthy used that term at Rodgers’ insistence, as he wanted to have his toughness emphasized. A source said that one driving force behind McCarthy’s message was the quarterback’s sensitivity that his injury absence would be compared to Brett Favre’s reputation for being tough – and price per head services found out that this created tension between the quarterback and coach.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that it was seven weeks since the player was injured against the Chicago Bears on November 4.
“Just as I’ve stated all along, we’ve got two different circumstances here,” McCarthy said Friday. “We’ve got Aaron Rodgers’ health, and obviously where we are as a football team.
“Until we feel good about where Aaron is medically, that will not be part of the second circumstance. So as an organization, we are not ready for him to play.”
Sources told ESPN that McCarthy clearly understood Dr. Patrick McKenzie not being willing to give Rodgers medical clearance and an organizational decision was made. The decision was a medical one.
If the Packers (7-6-1) are able to win their final two regular-season games, they will clinch the NFC North title, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder if they’ll make it.
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After not winning without Rodgers in their first four games, Green Bay were able to win their last two games largely due to Flynn, who helped Green Bay erase a halftime deficit of 23 points in last week’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys.