It has been known for some time now that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be back in his role as starter against the Carolina Panthers. However, one more move had to be made.
The Packers had to actually activate Rodgers off of injured reserve, which meant another player had to be released. That player was quarterback Joe Callahan, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
While Packers players, coaches, executives and fans are surely thrilled to have Rodgers back behind center, they still have an uphill battle to get into the postseason. They most likely have to win their final three games, and first up is a road game against the 9-4 Carolina Panthers.
If the Packers can pull out that victory, then in their final two games they will play at home against the 10-3 Minnesota Vikings, the team that broke Rodgers’ collarbone on his throwing shoulder in Week 6, and then finish the season on the road against the Detroit Lions.
Not only are the Panthers and Vikings division leaders, but the Lions have the same record as the Packers.
Rodgers has said that he did not return to save the season, and technically he is correct. If the Packers hadn’t come back to defeat the Cleveland Browns last week, there would be no season to save.
However, they will need him to put forth a superhero effort to go 3-0 during this stretch of games.