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Report: Aaron Rodgers "Would Be Lucky" to Start Next Week, Might Get Shut Down

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After McCann Award-winning Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Bob McGinn asserted that the Packers could win if Aaron Rodgers ever got injured — “No organization would be better equipped to handle it than Green Bay” — Rodgers fractured his non-throwing collarbone in the very next game. While it’s ludicrous to suggest that McGinn somehow jinxed the Packers, his premise has been proven very, very wrong.

The team has gone 0-4-1 without Rodgers and has perhaps played even worse than that record indicates. The injured quarterback was initially, according to Bill Simmons, worth nine points to the team’s spread and that number seems conservative in retrospect — the team’s been outscored 147-82 the past five weeks and would’ve likely been favored to win in each of them.

Green Bay hosts Atlanta next week, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that it appears as though Rodgers is unlikely to play:

While it certainly wouldn’t be ideal for the team to continue sputtering into the offseason, if they are eliminated from contention that outcome would be the lesser of two evils if the other option is risking re-aggravation of Rodgers’ collarbone injury.

There is a constant fatigue among high-intellect NFL writers about how much credit and blame that quarterbacks get for wins and losses, but it seems reasonable at this point to conclude that Rodgers’ contributions to this team had actually been undervalued.

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