Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has finally provided some clarity regarding what went on when he entered a private tent on the sidelines during his team’s Monday Night Football tilt against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Notwithstanding Aaron’s Packers’ big 27-13 win over the NFC East squad from Philly, so many questions have surrounded Rodgers’ use of the tent while the team’s defense was on the field during the third quarter.
Was Aaron Rodgers sick? Did he need to use a portable toilet? Maybe Aaron just needed to get away from the action for a bit? Or, quite possibly, was Aaron Rodgers’ believed-to-be secretive hamstring an issue during the game?
As it turns out, the answer to Aaron Rodgers’ MNF tent mystery is actually none of the above.
“I just didn’t want to be getting [my leg] taped up on the television,” Rodgers told ESPN yesterday. Rodgers told reporters that he had pulled his hamstring on Green Bay’s opening third quarter drive, and noted that he had to “drop [his] drawers” to have trainers tape the injury in between his offensive series.
Ironically, what started out as a gesture intended for privacy left Aaron as if he had been caught in the proverbial act when he left the tent to find the NFL’s Monday Night Football cameras documenting the strange moment.
“Obviously, when I walked out [from the tent] and saw the camera right in my face, I knew there was probably some sort of mini-story growing,” Rodgers noted. “But no [serious issue]. I had to drop my drawers a little bit to get taped up and just wanted to do [that] in the privacy of that tent.”
Certainly Aaron’s tent story is not as compelling as the fictional accounts that a number of NFL fans likely hoped.
“I like that. On a night when the Packers were on the bubble, Aaron Rodgers hid in a bubble because of his awareness that he lives life inside a bubble,” said writer Dan Hanzus of the NFL website, acknowledging that the Packers’ big win was, in fact, the end of a four-game slide that left Rodgers’ team from Green Bay with a startling 4-6 record headed into the game.
“The tent makes sense,” continued Hanzus. “For decades, players have had to huff it all the way to the locker room for this type of stuff. Erecting a little privacy area is pure logic. Good job, Packers!”
The hamstring injury that Rodgers sustained, meanwhile, is not expected to lead to an extended absence for the Packers’ QB.
“I was a little tight in the first half for some reason,” Aaron noted of the injury, which is being called minor, to ESPN. “I don’t know if it was sitting around the last two weeks, these night games, when you do a lot of resting. I’ll be good to go, though.”
Rodgers also expressed optimism that “we can run the table, I really [feel].”
Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers, one does not have to “double-check” the standings to realize that the team would almost have to win out for the rest of the season, with tough defensive match-ups against the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks on its docket, followed by back-to-back-to-back divisional games. The team’s Week 14 (Chicago Bears) and Week 16 (Detroit Lions) games, notably, are road games for Rodgers and the Packers.
While Rodgers played very well against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly, completing 30 of his 39 passing attempts for 313 yards and throwing two touchdowns to Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams to a flawless zero interceptions, he still needs many more big wins of the same nature.
Currently, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers face seemingly diminished playoff hopes while sitting at the below .500 record; Green Bay currently trails the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions by two games.
While not impossible, the two-game deficit is one that Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers need to close with just five difficult games remaining.
Otherwise, Aaron Rodgers’ use of a privacy tent might be the team’s biggest and most glamorous headline this season.
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