Aaron Rodgers is officially done playing football in 2017.
One day after the Atlanta Falcons win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mathematically eliminated them from the NFC Playoff race, the Green Bay Packers chose to play it safe with the face of their franchise, and placed Rodgers on Injured Reserve.
The #Packers placed QB Aaron Rodgers on Injured Reserve. His season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2017
Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on IR; he’s done for the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2017
Packers place AaronRodgers on IR and sign QB Joe Callahan.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 19, 2017
The move ends the two-time NFL MVP’s season just one game after he defied the odds and returned to play after suffering a broken collarbone (that required surgery to repair) against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.
The decision to sit Rodgers for the remainder of the season actually makes perfect sense for the Packers. With nothing left to play for in 2017 (in terms of postseason positioning), the team can now focus on getting extended evaluations on their younger players before moving on to the arguably the most crucial offseason of the Ted Thompson era in Green Bay.
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
At 34 years old, Rodgers likely only has four or five years left in the prime of his career. If the Packers are unable to improve the talent around him, there is very little chance they win another Super Bowl title before the three-time All-Pro hangs up his cleats.