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Aaron Rodgers' 2018 season ends with concussion

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Aaron Rodgers' 2018 season ends with concussion

-- The 2018 season will end a little prematurely for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

On his first dropback of the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, he was sacked by linebacker Jarrad Davis and, in the process, lost his helmet. It's speculated that the impact of that hit specifically was enough to give Rodgers a concussion.

Rodgers remained in the game for two more series after that initial play but didn't have much to do with anything as the Packers failed to create any semblance of offensive productivity. He eventually was shown walking to the team's locker room with Dr. John Gray, one of the Packers' team physicians -- also a sign that Rodgers was being evaluated for a concussion.

It's the third reported concussion of Rodgers' career. His first two both came in 2010 with the most recent one occurring in a week 14 game against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers was concussed earlier in the year in a game against the Washington Redskins but didn't miss any time. He did, however, miss a game for the second concussion before returning for week 16 and helping ignite the Packers' Super Bowl run.

DeShone Kizer took over as the Packers' starting quarterback for the remainder of the game. With third-string quarterback Tim Boyle listed as one of the team's inactives, wide receiver Randall Cobb was the emergency backup quarterback in the event of Kizer going down with an injury.

The Packers were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, but Rodgers insisted he planned on playing in these final two games -- last week against the New York Jets -- despite having nothing on the line other than pride and job security for 2019.

Rodgers finishes his 14th season in the league and his 11th as a starter completing 372 of his 597 passes for 4,443 yards, 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He broke a record previously held by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with 402 consecutive passes without an interception.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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GBPDAN1's picture

What a horrific season. That being said, I have a good feeling for next year. In BG I trust

pooch's picture

Major mistake to that extension,no reason for that.Gonna hurt us for the next 5-7 years

Hematite's picture

Yeah, I don't understand what they were thinking.
I said before they even did it that there was no rush to do it until they saw whether or not he was his normal self after the shoulder injury.
He has not been himself.
Mistake!!!

Lphill's picture

Give Rodgers some playmakers on both sides of the ball and see what happens . No other QB I would rather have ,to all you doubters go away until he retires so I don’t have to read your ridiculous comments.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

You don't have to read them now. You can drink your Kool-Aid while reading packers.com/community .

Lphill's picture

So it was Rodgers missing all those tackles today?

Hematite's picture

No, just receivers.

Oppy's picture

Zing!!

Skip greenBayless's picture

Bam!!!

Wendell Stamps's picture

Such a strong comment. I wish I could like this comment three times.

Oppy's picture

Rodgers still has more talent than any QB in the NFL today.

He needs to get his head right, lose the ego and get humble, get his shit together, and get to work UNDER a new HC and OC.

If he does, sky is the limit. If he continues to buy into his own hype and stubbornly do things "his way", we're SOL.

Samson's picture

No doubt that AR has to adjust to the rest of his career due to age, injury & an a new HC. --- However, I agree, AR can still be the most important element in GB's return to eliteness. -- The ability is still there.

pacman's picture

Agreed about 'can be' but 'ability' is under question. Everybody here wants him to prove that we are needlessly worried. But meanwhile - I'm worried.

Packers0808's picture

Rodgers career one word, Kaput!

Samson's picture

We know, we know.
He ran over your dog a few years back.

Packers0808's picture

No actually he ran over your wife, that is why she married you I know, I know!

cheeseomlette's picture

I on the other hand started the season with concussion and ended with heart break.

bassman's picture

With the NFL concussion protocol, why was Rodgers still in the game if he had a concussion? Seems might have been a good excuse to get him out of there honestly.

Oppy's picture

To get him out of there, and to excuse awful play and decisions.

Two birds, one little concussive stone.

HankScorpio's picture

That's not a bad point. He did play (poorly) after the hit that is thought to have concussed him. But I don't think they would have pulled the plug that quickly if there wasn't some symptoms. He started slowly last week, too. He took a lot of hits last week, too.

Crackerpacker's picture

A concussion does mean he can leave town without giving any interviews.

Lare's picture

Aaron Rodgers does not have a concussion.

jlc1's picture

Why in the world would you say that? Do you have any evidence?

Wendell Stamps's picture

Most likely because he didn't start to exhibit symptoms until the adrenaline wore off. Also, he's required to listen to the independent medical professional.

PatrickGB's picture

Why take a chance if you think he might have one?

Pierre's picture

Mahomes 60 TDs as a first year starting QB with 12-4 record, 1st place AFC seed. Rodgers 25 TDs with 6-9-1 record with 13 years experience at about 2 million per game; no playoffs. Only Brady and Rivers are playoff veterans at QB playing at a high level, the rest are very young QBs. Rodgers is not performing good at QB with only a 61% pass completion level. That’s his lowest ever. He’s declining precipitously at the QB position throwing the ball out of bounds at a NFL record setting pace this season. Also still holding the ball too long and taking sacks. That’s why his interceptions are low (dubious record) but with all the 3 and outs leading to punts, what’s the difference. He continues to be inconsistent putting pressure on his Oline and the defense.
Young QBs are winning in today’s NFL and the Packers need to plan to move on at QB or they’ll be in a tailspin for years more than just this disasterous season.

Skip greenBayless's picture

Excellent points. Agree Pierre. It's a young man's game.

Lphill's picture

how many changes to the Chiefs starting roster since day 1 ? no team had more changes to their roster because of injuries or cuts than the Packers find another . anyone who thinks Rodgers is done is sadly mistaken or a Vikings fan which there are many here.

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Only Brady & Rivers?
Brees is still "young" according to you?

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Can someone please remind me out of the 53 players that includes Aaron Rogers why do we keep the other 52 players?

Skip greenBayless's picture

I was going to come on here and say I told you so to all those "play Rodgers the last two weeks no matter what" guys but I decided against it as it would be beating a dead horse at this point. I just hope he knows who he is cognitively after this. Football and even thinking about next season is irrelevant at this point. Three concussions is pushing it from what we know about CTE. This was just a sad sad ending to the season and quite possibly to the greatest qb that ever played. I fear this could be another Sam Shields type injury and it could have been avoided altogether. Absolute stupidity for playing this game. If I knew who made the call on this one I could at least blame them but I don't know who's calling the shots. We've got major problems at 1265.

Cubbygold's picture

Yup. My first thought was all the ignorant fans screaming 'play the man!' or 'he gets paid to play, he has to be out there!' or 'a win now is worth more than moving up a few spots in the draft'. Just such ignorance, sad to see it made it's way into the management team as well, it was a pretty easy decision that they missed on.

fthisJack's picture

he should have been sitting against the Jets also. they would have had pick #8 in the draft instead of #12. who is running this team anyway? morons.

Jamie Freier's picture

Has 12 turned into Cutler now, with all the pouting and diminishing skill? Wouldn’t that be ironic as hell. His play next season will tell the tale for me. Don’t give a shit about his terrible O-line. Don’t care that he only has one reliable veteran receiver. Don’t give two shits that he has no running game behind him. I care even less about his TD to INT ratio. And as #4 would attest I don’t Give a rat’s ass that you are “hurting “, a little dinged up. Show me wins, stat boy. Force some throws into tight windows. Throw your WRs open. Fucking sling it once in a while! Quit chucking it in the dirt and in the stands all of the damned time.He has been paid a pretty penny to elevate whatever offensive shit he has around him. Put up or shut up next year 12. This team will NOT break.500 next season, either. Bunch of spineless gutless wonders “lead” by a heartless stat mercenary who spreads blame around like no LEADER I’ve ever known. Don’t even want to go to any games at Lambeau next year after this shitshow of a “ season “. Too much money to spend on garbage.

Skip greenBayless's picture

I hear ya Jamie. One of the most passionate and heartfelt posts I ever read here. Agree with you 100%. This is a year we will either regroup and get back to winning or go further in the cellar. I pretty much am convinced we are headed for troubled waters unfortunately. The reason I say that is Rodgers played today and got hurt. That was an absolute horrible call by whoever the person was that made it. Horrible!!

Dash

Cubbygold's picture

Yup. On 3rd and long when he just chucked it away I'm thinking "so you're basically telling me that every player was so covered that there wasn't one spot that you could throw it to, where the receiver would at least have some chance of catching it"

The only reason for a blatant throw away is if every receiver is double covered. Otherwise there's an area you can throw it where the receiver has a low probability of catching and the DB can't get to it. Along the sideline, up high, etc. Throwing it away is such a lazy habit. necessary in some situations, but clearly he's just defaulting to that too often, rather than giving someone a chance. Probably his way of saying 'if you're not running the route I like, I'm not giving you a chance at a great catch'.

egbertsouse's picture

To Murph and Guter: This is why you don’t play your stars in meaningless games. You guys get it now?

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Where have all the "Ted Thompson is always right" fans gone?
He put together a Championship caliber team in 2014.
2015 had a chance had Jordy not torn his ACL. Still, that year NFC came down to Carolina & Arizona, and we took Arizona to OT in the playoffs there....with lucky Hail Mary.
But his drafts were horrible & the cupboard went bare.

going53's picture

A very "painful" season. We are paying the price of some very poor decision making by our previous GM, Yes you won a Super Bowl - congratulations......however the mere fact that under Farve (HOF) and Rodgers (future HOF) we only went to 3 Super Bowls.....frankly speaking "that is a total waste of talent"! I hold TT totally responsible for the debacle we are now seeing. Not far behind TT is Mark Murphy for his ineptitude is not doing anything to correct the GM position soon enough. You were only a figure head and not worth the salary you were paid. This will not end next year.....I believe it will take Gute 2 years to get us back on track....and at that point we may very well be looking for new QB. A total waste of talent and a total lack of management......that grades to a "F".

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