Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers caused a stir in the offseason that had many thinking he would get traded. Not only has he not been traded, but he helped the Packers get out to a 6-1 start this season.
If the Packers keep Rodgers, 37, happy in Green Bay, they may want to help their star quarterback fight back against an NFL policy. It requires that all NFL players sleep in a hotel before every NFL game — even those played at home. He talked with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky about the discomfort of sleeping on a hotel bed.
“My back was a little stiff Saturday, and maybe you guys know this or don’t know this, but there’s an antiquated procedural thing in our league where the most important night of sleep, we stay at a hotel, and I don’t want to blame it on the hotel — it’s a nice hotel — but my bed at the house that I’m sleeping in every other night of my time here in Green Bay would probably be a little bit of a better option, I think, and that’s just my opinion,” Rodgers said.
Coming to Rodgers’ rescue was Packers’ athletic trainer Nate Weir and chiropractor Mike Zoelle. Rodgers didn’t make a big deal about it, though, as head coach Matt LaFleur heard about the incident for the first time in his postgame news conference.
“Well, coach and I will have a discussion after this, I’m sure,” Rodgers said with a smile. “We’ll talk about that in-house.”
If anybody had any pains it would be Rodgers’ opponent, the Washington Football Team. He completed 27 of 35 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the 24-10 victory.
That was Green Bay’s sixth win in a row. The Packers currently enjoy a 2.5-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North, and trail only the Arizona Cardinals, their Week 8 opponent Thursday night, in the NFL standings.
With the big matchup looming, it’s possible that Rodgers could be allowed to sleep in his bed. He and LeFleur are certain to discuss it in the near future.
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