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NFL teams reportedly think the Packers should have to release Aaron Rodgers over IR move – The Denver Post

Every Christmas needs a holiday heist story and this one is a bit of a doozy. Imagine, if you can, the Green Bay Packers being forced to release quarterback Aaron Rodgers because of a violation of the injured reserve rules.

Fresh from the it-can’t-hurt-to-bring-it-up department, multiple NFL teams have complained to the league because Rodgers came off the injured reserve (designated to return) list and then was shut down for the season, going on permanent IR, after the Dec. 17 game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Teams are taking issue with this because Rodgers reportedly suffered no new injury and NFL rules require that a player must have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve. If that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player when he is healthy.

Here’s the backstory: Rodgers missed seven games after having surgery to repair a broken right collarbone suffered Oct. 15. He was officially activated Dec. 16, although it was widely known that the break had not fully healed in such a short time. He played the following weekend against Carolina, although his timing and performance were off in a loss in which he threw three interceptions (the first time that has happened to him in a game since 2009) in addition to three touchdowns. The following day, the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs, and on Dec. 18 the team shut him down for the final two games.

Although Rodgers took a beating (12 hits) in the loss to the Panthers, Coach Mike McCarthy said only that the quarterback was “sore” multiple times and in “rest and recovery mode.” No new injury was announced and McCarthy added, “he has a distinct rehab plan as he moves forward.” On Saturday night, NBC’s Michele Tafoya reported that Rodgers, who needed two metal plates and 13 screws to repair his displaced fracture, had told her that the plan is for him to have another scan “after the season” and to resume workouts in a month.

The NFL typically doesn’t discuss how it tries to keep 32 teams happy and is referring questions to the Packers, who aren’t talking.

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