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Is it possible that the Green Bay Packers will have to release Aaron Rodgers?

Packers could be forced to release Aaron Rodgers after teams complain

Ryan Wooden

Multiple teams allege that the Green Bay Packers violated NFL rules regarding the use of injured reserve with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and are now lobbying for the superstar quarterback to be released, according to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Rodgers came off injured reserve against the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 as the Packers continued to battle for a playoff spot. However, Green Bay lost and Rodgers came out of the game because he was apparently sore. When the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention by a Monday night victory by the Atlanta Falcons, Rodgers was put back on injured reserve.

But NFL rules stipulate that Rodgers has to have suffered a new injury that would cost him at least six weeks of time for him to be placed back on the injured reserve for a second time this season. If that set of criteria isn’t met, the Packers would be forced to release Rodgers.

Clearly, the Packers are going to fight this with all their might because they have no interest in letting one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL hit the open market by way of a technicality. Still, the teams that are complaining seem to have a valid case that Green Bay skirted the rules.

And it’ll be interesting to see how things play out from here.