When Aaron Rodgers told everyone to "RELAX" just four weeks ago, he was right. Rodgers has led the Packers to four straight wins as they make a push for the playoffs despite playing through hamstring and calf injuries. So, how is he having so much success despite being hurt?
Rodgers started having trouble with his hamstring around a month ago. He was never in danger of missing any games, but it kept him limited in practice and was an injury worth monitoring each week. Because it was a mild strain and he isn't a running quarterback, it wasn't an injury that would cause his performance to drop unless he made it worse. For that reason, he was moved from low to elevated injury risk, but his Health Performance Factor (predictor of performance based on things factors such as injuries, age, etc.) never dropped below "above average."
When he injured his calf in Week 14 because he was overcompensating for the hamstring injury, that was much more concerning. He didn't practice all week so he could receive treatment. Rodgers got the start on Sunday, as expected, but was closely monitored. As long as he could push off of the leg to deliver strong, accurate throws all over the field, he would be fine. He was seen limping or favoring his leg on a few plays throughout the day, but there was never an overly concerning moment and he did not experience any setbacks.
With another week to get healthy and a lot on the line, I see another big week for Rodgers. He will remain in the elevated injury risk category likely through the end of the season, but unless he has a setback his performance on the field shouldn't suffer.
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