This would most likely be the craziest thing that ever happened in NFL history and that’s saying a lot.
Earlier this week, Packers placed QB Aaron Rodgers back on injured reserve, ending his season after he made another last-ditch effort to return and save the Packers postseason hopes with a three-game winning streak.
However, the Panthers defeated the Packers in Week 15, all but eliminating Rodgers and the pack. The loss left the Packers final two games meaningless and instead of risking more injury to Rodgers’ collarbone, they shut him down.
The sequence of events have made some NFL teams believe Green Bay violated a major rule in the NFL rulebook in doing this, and as a result, believe Aaron Rodgers should be released.
Multiple 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.
It is not believed that Rodgers suffered any type of new injury against the Panthers. If Rodgers didn’t suffer a new injury but was placed back on injured reserve anyway, NFL rules stipulate that the Packers would have to release him — which nobody expects will happen. It is why multiple teams raised the issue. Teams wanted to know why the Packers were being granted immunity.
The NFL referred all inquiries about the situation to the Packers, who have declined comment. But one source said Rodgers wasn’t going to be medically cleared to play in Green Bay’s next game, and the Packers knew he wasn’t 100 percent.
It’s highly unlike the Green Bay Packers ever release Aaron Rodgers but this proves once again how truly crazy the NFL is.