Given the struggles of the offense this year, it has one of the longest seasons in recent memory for Green Bay Packers fans. Surely, after taking 46 sacks on the season and numerous other big hits, it has been a long one for quarterback Aaron Rodgers as well.
After attempting a career-high 572 passes during the regular season and 80 more in the playoffs, the 2014 NFL MVP has decided that he has had enough of the 2015 season. According to a press release from the Oakland Raiders, Rodgers has chosen to sit out the upcoming Pro Bowl due to injury concerns, and will be replaced by Oakland quarterback Derek Carr.
We do not yet know if there are any specific injuries in play here or if the cumulative effect of the season has just caught up to the 32-year-old Rodgers, but it makes little difference - he will not be partaking in the festivities in Hawaii next weekend.
Rodgers' presence on this year's Pro Bowl team was the fifth time he has earned that honor, which he also earned after the 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014 seasons. He was also named First-Team All-Pro and NFL MVP for the 2011 and 2014 seasons.
Rodgers' 2015 season was a bizarre one, however. Though he attempted more passes this year than in any other NFL season of his career, he posted career lows in yards per game, yards per attempt, and completion percentage. However, Rodgers still managed to finish 10th in the league in touchdown passes and second among qualifying quarterbacks in interception rate. Still, that was enough to earn him a spot in the NFL's version of the All-Star Game.
Also announced today was the NFL's confirmation that Mike McCarthy and the Packers' coaching staff will indeed coach one of this year's Pro Bowl teams, which was first reported on Tuesday.