In this situation, you trust your doctors and move forward.
Thompson and McCarthy surely are thinking a couple of things: One, the Packers are not paying Rodgers $22 million per year to sit on the bench if he’s healthy enough to play and the team is in the hunt; and two, thank you Hundley for keeping Green Bay alive. But the GM and coach know their chances of winning all three remaining games and potentially grabbing a wild-card spot are much better with their two-time MVP and six-time Pro Bowler, who has been down this road a couple times before.
In 2010, Rodgers missed two games with a concussion before returning to lead the team to wins in their final two games and earn the NFC’s No. 6 seed. He then went on a postseason tear that culminated in the victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
In 2013, Rodgers broke his left collarbone in Week 9 and was able to make it back for a final-week showdown with the Bears for the division title. He led the Pack to a dramatic win with a last-minute, 48-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-8. But playoff success eluded Rodgers and the Packers that season, as they fell to the 49ers in the wild-card round.
The Packers’ football brain trust �� along with all of Packerland �� is well aware that if Green Bay makes the playoffs this season, it is fully capable of another Super Bowl run.
Now Jordan is preparing for a high-stakes playoff clash in Minnesota, where he spent his early childhood while his father was being named to Pro Bowls �� six in all �� for the Vikings. Jordan knows plenty about Vikings history, but doesn’t sound too sentimental about it.
I want to destroy them just the same, Jordan said. There’s going to be an offensive line that I want to destroy. There’s going to be a running back I want to destroy. There’s going to be a quarterback that I have to destroy.
Cam Jordan said he expects his father and brother to be at the game, along with old family friends from the area. Whether he brings along another bottle of his namesake wine is to be determined, he said.