Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (oblique) exits game vs. Eagles

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers headed to the locker room with an oblique injury with 2:03 left in the third quarter of Green Bay’s game against the host Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Rodgers was grimacing in pain before leaving with the trainers, who had examined his ribs following Green Bay’s first possession of the second half.

Rodgers completed 11 of 16 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before leaving the game with the Eagles leading 34-23.

He is questionable to return.

Rodgers, the four-time league MVP, has been playing most of the season with a broken right thumb. He entered Sunday having completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,542 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers admits he’s been playing with broken right thumb

The mystery surrounding Aaron Rodgers’ right thumb is finally over.

After weeks of downplaying any apparent on-field discomfort to the fat finger on his throwing hand, the Green Bay Packers quarterback told the truth to local reporters Wednesday: He has been playing with a broken thumb.

Rpdgers, who turns 39 in nine days, confirmed the injury to media members and said he first hurt the digit on the final play of Green Bay’s 27-22 loss in London to the New York Giants in Week 5 — the first of what became a five-game skid, matching Rodgers’ longest as an NFL starter.

“I think I’ve had worse injuries I’ve played with,” said Rodgers on Wednesday, the same day after practicing for the first time since the Packers fell to 4-7 in Thursday’s home loss to the Tennessee Titans. “Definitely a challenge, but the days off helped. Feeling better this week.”

In recent weeks Rodgers has referenced his banged-up thumb in speaking with reporters without sharing details of the broken bone, but denied Wednesday that he was intentionally trying to avoid using his injury as an excuse for his play.

“I think it’s the truth,” Rodgers said. “My thumb was hurting a lot worse in the Dallas game (Week 10, a 31-28 Packers win in overtime), and I put the ball where I wanted to.”

Before getting hurt, the Packers were 3-2 with the reigning back-to-back and three-time league MVP completing a very Rodgers-like 67.9 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 95.8 passer rating.

Since Week 6, when he started playing with the bum thumb, Rodgers has completed just over 62 percent of his throws for 11 touchdowns and four picks and a 91.1 rating.

More importantly, the Packers are 1-5 in that stretch and have scored 20 or more points just twice. And it’s been Rodgers’ occasional — and uncharacteristic — lack of accuracy that raised eyebrows recently.

He completed just 8 of 16 passes in the fourth quarter against Tennessee last week, although he was steadfast in not blaming what he tried to term a nagging injury.

“There’s one in every 100 that doesn’t come off the right way,” Rodgers said.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who already has lost as many games this season as in his previous two years combined, pointed to the five days off as a blessing for his quarterback.

“I hope it helped his thumb,” LaFleur said Wednesday.

The Packers, in third place in the NFC North and 4 1/2 games behind 8-2 Minnesota in the division, visit the NFL-best 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and follow that with a key division road game against the Chicago Bears in Week 13.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is hit by New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) as he releases the ball during their football game Sunday, October 16, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Aaron Rodgers on Packers’ scoring woes: ‘Simplify some things’

The Green Bay Packers have lost two straight games to fall to 3-3 this season, but their struggles to score points have Aaron Rodgers suggesting that the coaching staff “simplify some things” on offense.

The Packers have scored 107 points in their six games, the fewest output in any six-game stretch with Rodgers at the helm, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“I just think that based on how we’ve played the last two weeks, I think it’s going to be in our best interests to simplify things for everybody — for the line, for the backs, for the receivers, especially with (Randall Cobb’s) injury. Just simplify some things, and maybe that’ll help us get back on track,” Rodgers said after the Packers’ 27-10 loss to the visiting New York Jets.

Cobb was carted off the field with an ankle injury in the third quarter and is expected to miss next week’s game at Washington. Green Bay is also without receivers Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson, who are recovering from hamstring injuries.

Rodgers acknowledged that he needs to elevate his own performance “probably a little tick” among the offense’s inconsistency.

Among the issues on Sunday: Packers receivers dropped six passes, Rodgers was hit nine times by the Jets’ defense and he failed to hit receivers on what appeared to be routine passes.

“That’s why we need to simplify things, because on the couple drives that we did move the ball, it was very simple things,” Rodgers said. “Very simple plays, no motion, so we need to look at everything and the guys that we’ve got and what we can accomplish with them and let’s be smart about moving forward.”

The game in Washington is the first of three straight away from home. The Packers take on Buffalo on Oct. 30 and Detroit on Nov. 6.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Tottenham, ENG;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) flips the ball to tight end Robert Tonyan during the second quarter of their game against the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (thumb) returns to practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back at practice Thursday, participating in drills with tape wrapped around his right thumb.

Rodgers missed practice Wednesday due to the injury sustained on a Hail Mary pass during the last play of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants at London on Sunday.

The two-time reigning NFL MVP and four-time winner of the award said on “The Pat McAfee Show” earlier this week that he is “a little banged up” but doesn’t think the injury will affect his throwing.

Rodgers, 38, has thrown for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions in five games this season for the Packers (3-2).

Jordan Love would get the start in Week 6 should Rodgers have to sit out against the visiting New York Jets (3-2).

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws the ball in the first quarter against the New York Giants during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (thumb) sits out practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not participate in practice on Wednesday to rest his ailing thumb.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t interested in sounding the alarm, however.

“I don’t think we have much concern as far as gameday,” LaFleur said of Rodgers’ availability for Green Bay’s game against the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.

Rodgers injured his thumb on a Hail Mary attempt during the last play of the game in the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London. The two-time reigning NFL MVP and four-time winner of the award said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he is “a little banged up” but doesn’t think the injury will affect his throwing this week.

Rodgers, 38, has thrown for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions in five games this season for the Packers (3-2).

Quarterback Jordan Love would get the start should Rodgers sit out against the Jets (3-2).

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws 500th career TD

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw his 500th career touchdown pass on Sunday night during Green Bay’s game against the visiting New England Patriots.

Rodgers became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat, which includes touchdown passes in both the regular season and playoffs. Tom Brady (713 TD passes), Drew Brees (608), Peyton Manning (579) and Brett Favre (552) are the other four quarterbacks to reach the 500-touchdown mark.

The milestone strike came in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, as Rodgers connected with Romeo Doubs for a 13-yard score.

It took the 38-year-old Rodgers 239 games (231 starts) to hit the milestone.

–Field Level Media

Aaron Rodgers (12) makes a throw while Jordan Love (10) looks on during Green Bay Packers minicamp Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers says he’ll ‘definitely’ retire with Packers

Speaking at the Packers’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers affirmed that he will see out the rest of his playing career in Green Bay.

“Yes, definitely,” Rodgers said, reportedly adding with a smile, “Unless they trade me.”

It represents a stark change of circumstances in Green Bay after Rodgers was at odds with the Packers for much of 2021. Reports leaked ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft that he had told some people in the organization that he would not play for them again. He held out from mandatory minicamp this time last year.

After he reached an agreement with the organization to return to the team, Rodgers led the Packers to a 13-4 season. After they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, he indicated that he hadn’t made up his mind whether to return, retire or demand a trade.

Instead, Rodgers and the Packers agreed to a contract extension last March worth $150 million over three years.

Rodgers said he was “100 percent invested” for the 2022 season and didn’t want to put a number to how many more seasons he had left in him.

“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said. “You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years, I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.”

Rodgers will have to adjust to life without star wide receiver Davante Adams, whom the Packers traded to the Las Vegas Raiders this spring. He said he was glad to meet rookie receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs for the first time Tuesday.

Rodgers will practice with the team Wednesday and Thursday but not return for next week’s voluntary organized team activities.

“(The Packers have) been great about me taking care of myself the way I best need to,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, it’s worked out the last couple years by my play, and I expect nothing less.”

–Field Level Media

May 24, 2020; Hobe Sound, FL, USA; NFL player Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after holing out from the fairway on the seventh during The Match: Champions for Charity golf round at the Medalist Golf Club.  Mandatory Credit: Handout Photo by Getty Images for The Match via USA TODAY Sports

Handicapping the field of quarterbacks at ‘The Match VI’

There will be no shortage of wagering possibilities when four top NFL quarterbacks take to the golf course in “The Match VI” on Wednesday from Las Vegas.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will team up with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to form one team. They will match up against Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

If experience matters, the Brady-Rodgers pairing seems to be the one to beat, and not because they have 39 seasons of combined NFL experience. The two also took part in “The Match IV” last July. Brady also played in a 2020 edition, making this his third time out.

That experience could go a long way in explaining how Brady/Rodgers are -175 favorites according to SportsBetting.ag, while Allen/Mahomes are +155. Brady/Rodgers are also -140 favorites to record the first birdie, over Allen/Mahomes (+100).

There are plenty of challenges ahead on the Wynn Golf Club just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an over/under of 3.5 balls to be hit into water hazards. A hole-in-one from any player carries +10000 odds.

At +5000 odds, down from +10000, is whether or not Brady has a wardrobe malfunction after he split his pants in the 2020 version of the event.

The event will be played over 12 holes in a “shamble” format, meaning that all four players play their second shot from the best tee shot. They play out their own ball the rest of the way from there. Odds are that Rodgers will see a fair share of his drives being used. Rodgers is +110 to hit the longest drive of the day, followed by Brady (+200), Mahomes (+400) and Allen (+700).

And since golf is not the day job of any of the four participating, there figure to be plenty of long putts. Who has the best odds of making a 30-footer with their putter? Rodgers again is the favorite at +275, followed by Brady (+300), Mahomes (+350) and Allen (+425).

But being the odds-on best player doesn’t necessarily guarantee a cool, calm and collected round. Rodgers also is the +150 favorite to be the first participant to use a “curse word,” while Brady is +200, Allen is +300 and Mahomes is +400.

–Field Level Media