GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) The Green Bay Packers 5-7-1 season has been a disappointment with the team being eliminated from playoff contention with two weeks remaining.
The debate of whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers should play in the final two games came up following the team’s 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers said after Sunday's game “I’d like to be out there and lead us the last two weeks.”
The health of the Packers starting QB was in question after he tweaked his groin at the end of the first half against the Bears.
On Wednesday, Rodgers was a full participant in practice and said he will play on Sunday against the New York Jets and here’s why:
“Well I think it's a lot about leadership if I want to be listened to and followed and looked up to how could I stand here and say that these games that don't matter for playoffs -- I'm going to cash it in -- that's just not the way I lead and I'm super competitive and I want to be out there with the guys. I look forward to being out there,” Rodgers said at his locker.
Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin was less affirmative Monday morning before practice.
“I'm hopeful he's going to practice, and I'm hopeful he's going to play," Philbin said.
The Packers play Sunday at noon against the New York Jets on the road. Green Bay will be seeking its first road win of the season.