Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has bowed out of the Pro Bowl.
The team has cited injury as the reason for Rodgers deciding not to play in the jokiest of all all-star games, but we have our doubts about that. This sort of thing happens every year. Some guys just don’t want to play.
Usually, those guys are on playoff teams and just sick of it all.
If Rodgers has an injury, we suspect it’s mental fatigue.
Fatigue from losing in heart-breaking fashion the playoffs again. Fatigue from butting heads with Mike McCarthy all year — interestingly, it was announced that McCarthy will coach this year’s game, earlier this week. Fatigue from a general manager that doesn’t surround him with enough talent. Fatigue from having his worst professional season and listening to everyone tell him about it.
That’s a lot of fatigue.
Interestingly, Rodgers will be replaced in the game by Oakland’s Derek Carr, who people keep comparing to him.
Statistically, Carr had a very similar season to Rodgers’. Does that make him one of the best in the league?
No, but this is the Pro Bowl we’re talking about. That isn’t even necessary anymore.
Unless they decide to drop out too, the Packers will still have guard Josh Sitton, linebacker Clay Matthews and fullback John Kuhn participating in the game.