NFL teams are complaining to the league, believing that the Green Bay Packers should be forced to release quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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, according to a report from ESPN.
According to NFL rules, a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve.
The team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy if that isn’t the case.
Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and played last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers but exited the game because he was “sore,” according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Green Bay did not announce its decision to place Rodgers back on injured reserve until Tuesday when the team was eliminated from the playoff hunt.
The Packers decision to shut Rodgers down is what teams are claiming should warrant action from the league.
It is not believed that Rodgers suffered any type of new injury against the Panthers, and if he didn’t then, according to rules, the Packers should be forced to release him.
It is highly unlikely that the league will force the Packers to do so, which has many NFL teams asking why the Packers are immune to the rule and it’s disciplinary outline.
Packers Place Kevin King On IR
Additionally, the Packers will be without running back Tra Carson, who will miss the remainder of the season as well.
King was limited to only 9 games last season before being shut down due to injury.
Disconnect Between Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy
There is a building disconnect between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy, in what is mostly a large separation on the offensive system, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Green Bay has been struggling this season and could end up missing the postseason for the second straight season, and Rapoport adds that McCarthy is certainly now on the hot seat for Green Bay. He needs to close strong, it feels like, to keep his job in Green Bay. Obviously, one of the longest-tenured coaches in the NFL and that is all in doubt.”
“And there’s a couple reasons why. One of them does involve the disconnect with Aaron Rodgers — the tension there regarding the direction of the offense. Rodgers has been pretty vocal about his frustration with play-calling and the lack of creativity was there on Thursday night. That, of course, is something [Packers] CEO Mark Murphy will have to make a big decision on at the end of the year.”
Packers Believe Jimmy Graham May Have Broken Thumb
The Green Bay Packers are bracing for news that tight end Jimmy Graham may be out of action for some time due to what they believe is a broken thumb suffered during Thurday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Graham, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Green Bay during the offseason, will undergo further testing on Friday. There is a possibility that Graham could play through the injury moving forward.
According to NFL Network insider Michael Silver, the Packers feared Graham suffered a “serious” thumb issue during the game.
Graham has caught 34 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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