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Could a rules blunder force the Packers to release Rodgers?

It’s a longshot – a biiiiiiig longshot – but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s an outside chance the Packers could be forced to release Aaron Rodgers.

Well, kind of.

So, here’s the issue: As we all know, Rodgers went 4-1 in his first five starts under center for the Packers this season before going down injured in week six. He was placed on Injury Reserve, came back in week 14 in the Packers’ 31-24 loss to the Panthers, only to be placed back on Injury Reserve for the season once the Falcons eliminated the Packers from playoff contention on Monday night.

And therein lies the problem, according to Schefter:

Had the Atlanta Falcons lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, keeping alive Green Bay’s playoff chances, it’s possible Rodgers could have played Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings. But the Packers opted to shut him down, which teams complained was a violation of NFL rules.

It is not believed that Rodgers suffered any type of new injury against the Panthers. If Rodgers didn’t suffer a new injury but was placed back on injured reserve anyway, NFL rules stipulate that the Packers would have to release him – which nobody expects will happen. It is why…

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