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Should the NFL force the Green Bay Packers to release Aaron Rodgers?

Screenshot from ESPN's YouTube video: Aaron Rodgers shut down for season by Green Bay Packers | ESPN

One of the biggest superstars in the NFL is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He literally has suffered through a very painful season this year. Rodgers broke his right clavicle on October 15, forcing him to be placed on injured reserve. Last week, he was finally activated, after missing seven games, to play against the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay lost that game and he was placed back on injured reserve on Tuesday, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

Rodgers going back on injured reserve has raised quite a controversy among NFL teams because many feel Green Bay violated the injured reserve rules. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “NFL rules stipulate that a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve. If that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy.” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said about this situation, “Frankly, I don’t see any issue with Aaron Rodgers going on IR.” McCarthy continued, “My understanding is we communicated, followed the procedures and guidelines that you have to, to put a player on IR. So from our perspective, there’s no issue.” The question now is, should the Green Bay Packers be forced to release Aaron Rodgers?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter discusses the Green Bay Packers’ decision to put QB Aaron Rodgers on season-ending IR:

The Issue

Should the Packers be forced to release Aaron Rodgers? Did the Packers break the rules, and now they must pay for it? Or, would releasing Rodgers be an unfairly harsh punishment to the Packers and their fans?

Page 2: Arguments for releasing Aaron Rodgers

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