As Aaron Rodgers grows older, the Green Bay Packers may consider limiting the number of passes he attempts during the preseason. However, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, head coach Mike McCarthy does not plan to start rigorously monitoring the two-time MVP's workload in 2015.
"It's a conversation," McCarthy said on Tuesday. "There's a point every year where the throwing might get a little too much, and then we back off. You always have to push to that point. The most important thing, he knows his body better than anybody, but we're not counting throws all the time and it's not a concern as it will be when he's later in his career."
Though Rodgers takes excellent care of himself, he's not impervious to injury, as last season's calf injury highlighted. Given his familiarity with the offensive scheme and his supporting cast, perhaps scaling back Rodgers' workload in the preseason isn't a bad idea. As the Press-Gazette notes, Brett Favre was put on a pitch count down the stretch of his career.
Still, McCarthy suggested that Rodgers is probably a few years away from a significant reduction in his preseason throwing.
"I mean, he's still very physically fit," the head coach said, "and so I don't feel like I need to protect him because of any type of elbow or shoulder issue, thing like that. But we just work through it, communicate and see where he's at every day."
With the Packers taking four quarterbacks into training camp, the chances of Rodgers getting overworked seems unlikely. The team needs to see what it has with Scott Tolzien, Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard, it doesn't need to overexpose Rodgers anyway.