Aaron Rodgers will play for the Green Bay Packers this week. He’ll do so even though his broken collarbone is not fully healed.
The bone is said to be about 80 percent healed. Thus, there was reportedly a disagreement between the Packers’ medical staff and Rodgers about whether he would play. If that was indeed the case, Rodgers obviously won.
Not really surprising.
Coach Mike McCarthy was somewhat coy on that front, on Wednesday.
“Aaron’s super, super competitive,” McCarthy said. “But, at the end of the day, he’s been around the block a few times. He has played through injuries time and time again. But every injury’s different. This is obviously probably the biggest one that we’ve had to deal with. They laid out the gauntlet of what needed to be done. He ran through it.”
“Obviously, has a very close relationship with Dr. Pat McKenzie, and they had a conversation there and then a decision was made. I think we can all trust, and I know speaking on behalf of Aaron, and he can speak for himself, but you have to trust the process that’s in place here. You have to trust the people, the expertise, the care, and we all understand the importance of every play coming back in this situation, especially Aaron’s specific injury. We went through that process, and this is where we are today.”
Went through the process and completed the process are obviously two different things. Ran through the gauntlet is decidedly another.
You can read that however you like, but our guess is Rodgers made the call. He had the conversation with Dr. McKenzie, listened to the risks, was probably told he shouldn’t play and then said, “I’m playing.”
We’d consider that running through the gauntlet. Rodgers was going to surpass any obstacle, including medical advice, to be on the field.