On Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy repeatedly said called Sunday’s unavailability of quarterback Aaron Rodgers an “organizational decision.” McCarthy could have used a couple of more forceful terms: “Extraordinary risk.” According to Chris Mortensen and Rob Demovsky of ESPN, a recent scan of Rodgers’ fractured collarbone showed “extraordinary risk” to the quarterback, if he were to play. It’s still unclear what the worst-case scenario would be, if Rodgers were to suffer another injury to the collarbone. Displaced fracture? Surgery? Lupus? So why did McCarthy say “organizational decision” nine times? Per the report, Rodgers specifically wanted it to be explained that way, so that his perceived toughness wouldn’t suffer in comparison to legendary iron man Brett Favre. It’s not clear how “organizational decision” versus “extraordinary risk” makes Rodgers seem less tough, unless he fears that the inability of his collarbone to heal six weeks and six days after it first broke somehow is a sign of congenital weakness.
Rodgers concerned about perceived toughness
Pro Football Talk | Dec 22