Let's be real: The NFL won't force the Green Bay Packers to waive quarterback Aaron Rodgers. And frankly, it would be sketchy for the league at this point even to question the Packers' decision to place Rodgers on injured reserve. The NFL's management council must approve all transactions before they are finalized, so any issues with the process should have been brought up when the Packers submitted the move Tuesday. But the story ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning -- that other teams believe the Packers violated injured reserve rules and should have to waive Rodgers once he is healthy -- is important and harkens back to the days when teams would routinely use injured reserve to stash relatively healthy players and prevent them from changing teams. Because the NFL and its teams often have outsized reactions to minor rules debates, I wouldn't be shocked at all if this episode leads to an offseason of teeth-gnashing followed by a tweak of the procedures in question. The NFL classifies injuries as "major" or "minor" based on whether it will take more or less than six weeks for the player to recover. In essence, a player placed on IR with a minor injury is subject to waivers after he recovers. In Rodgers' case, the question is what happened during his Dec. 17 start against the Carolina Panthers to put him in the "major" category.
No, Aaron Rodgers won't be released, but NFL could tweak IR rule
ESPN | Dec 25