NFL teams are complaining to the league, believing that the Green Bay Packers should be forced to release quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Multiple teams complained to the NFL last week that the Packers violated the rules regarding players who are eligible to be placed on injured reserve, according to a report from ESPN.
According to NFL rules, a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve.
The team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy if that isn’t the case.
Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and played last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers but exited the game because he was “sore,” according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Green Bay did not announce its decision to place Rodgers back on injured reserve until Tuesday when the team was eliminated from the playoff hunt.
The Packers decision to shut Rodgers down is what teams are claiming should warrant action from the league.
It is not believed that Rodgers suffered any type of new injury against the Panthers, and if he didn’t then, according to rules, the Packers should be forced to release him.
It is highly unlikely that the league will force the Packers to do so, which has many NFL teams asking why the Packers are immune to the rule and it’s disciplinary outline.
Packers’ Bryan Bulaga No Longer on Roster Bubble
Green Bay Packers Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga has been recovering from from his 2017 ACL tear that ended his season and his recovery is said to have been “impressive”, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Buluga entered training camp on the roster bubble, as he was not considered a lock to earn a roster spot, but the 29-year old has been so impressive that he is no longer on the Packers’ roster bubble.
Bulaga is currently on the active/physically unable to perform list but is expected to be ready to go by Week 1 of the regular season.
Packers’ Jake Ryan Suffers Torn ACL
Ryan, 26, suffered the injury during an 11-on-11 drill during Sunday’s practice and the 26-year old, who was slated to start at middle linebacker, was carted off of the field.
Ryan posted 79 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack last season for Green Bay.
Packers’ Ty Montgomery Aiming to Prove He Belongs
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery was hoping to make a bigger impact in 2017, but with only 273 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, he failed to meet expectations.
The Packers were hoping that Montgomery, who converted to running back from wide receiver, would provide an elite dual threat from the back field, but his low rushing production, coupled with only 23 receptions for one score, certainly didn’t deliver, and Montgomery’s season ended after just 8 game due to wrist and rib injuries.
Montgomery contends that the wrist, which required surgery, was the reason he was shut down in 2017.
“I think there’s a lot of people who assumed or never expected me to be able to do it anyway, but I don’t think a lot of people understand what I was playing through or what I was doing,” Montgomery said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
“And they questioned my durability or my abilities. There’s nothing I can do about breaking my ribs. I don’t know how many guys could play running back with broken ribs. It was just unfortunate. I was ready to have a big year.”
Montgomery will have to put it all together his season, the final year of his rookie contract.
“I feel really good about the running back group,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think Ty’s transition has been pretty special. Not only what he’s done from a position change but you look what he’s done to prepare himself — you look at his body and the added muscle that he’s put on. Ty and just the other young guys, I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive position.”
“I mean, I feel as though I’ve put some good things on film, but every year is a big year,” Montgomery said. “I think what’s important for me now is being healthy and being on the field while healthy. I think it would obviously benefit me if I don’t have to play through an injury and I can just be myself. Having a son in the picture now, my wife and I, I have a new perspective on a lot of things. Call it motivation. Call it whatever you want, but I have a difference in my purpose that feels natural.”
Outside looking in, obviously it sucks to get injured. The positive is before I got injured, the younger guys weren’t getting very many reps. I remember seeing a stat where I had more snaps than any back in the league. The positive that comes from it is now we know what we have in these two guys.
“It opened up the conversation of what more can we do with Ty? I think that’s a positive that comes from this. He doesn’t just have to play running back; he can do both.”
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