NFL Rules State Aaron Rodgers Should Be Released After Packers Mishandle IR Stints

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) watches during practice at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin (Photo: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) watches during practice at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
(Photo: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi)

The morning after our Vikings shut-out the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, in Lambeau, this happened:

How do you think Packer fans are digesting this one? Not very well, you’d assume. It’s probably sticking in their gut like those four glasses of eggnog I chugged before bed.

Per reports, multiple teams have reached out to the NFL complaining that Green Bay violated one of the league’s IR rules. Following their week 6 loss to your Minnesota Vikings, the Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on “temporary IR.” The All-Pro QB eventually returned last week, only to throw 3 INTs in a loss to Carolina. On Tuesday, Green Bay ONCE AGAIN gave Rodgers the Sam Bradford status. Injured. Reserved.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), for an already depressed Cheesehead Nation, that move appears to have been a no-no. Outside of stating he was “sore”, from the Panthers game, there was ZERO indication Rodgers suffered a NEW injury. For him to be put back on reserve status, in that short of a time frame, something NEW had to be ailing him. It couldn’t be related to his prior collarbone problem. If it is related to the collarbone, that’s a violation of the NFL rules. The consequence of breaking said rule is that the player, in this case Aaron Rodgers, MUST BE RELEASED.

Care to comment, Ted Thompson?

It looks like I’m going to be a couple of hours late to my respective holiday gathering. This odd development trumps the pending awkward, bloviated family conversations. If a so-called “blood-relative” doesn’t understand the circumstances, well, then I question if we’re even relatives at all.

All of the early indications are that Rodgers being released won’t happen. ESPN gave a little explanation as to why the 6 time Pro-Bowler won’t leave the Green and Gold. The NFL’s Management Council must approve all transactions. Apparently, that group would have brought something up to Green Bay if there was an issue.

Even with that said, I think this topic will be around for a while. NFL teams outside of Wisconsin won’t simply stop imagining what it would be like to have Rodgers under center. ESPN has already called it a “Classic NFL scandal.

In the event Green Bay faces no consequences from this move, at least it’s free entertainment. Watching irrational Packer fans lose their composure is one of my favorite hobbies:

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