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Aaron Rodgers underwent knee surgery following playoff departure, per report

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The Packers' superstar quarterback went under the knife to alleviate some knee trouble.

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With 2015 proving to be Aaron Rodgers' worst season statistically since becoming the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback in 2008, many wondered whether something besides an undermanned receiver corps and a battered offensive line may have contributed to his performance dip. According to a report by ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Rodgers underwent knee surgery "within days" of Green Bay's playoff departure on Jan. 17.

The report describes the surgery as a "cleanup of an old injury" and relatively minor in severity. Rodgers has since told ESPN that he is "doing well" and is "recovering on schedule." However, he did not feel healthy enough to participate in Sunday's Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual all-star game.

The exact nature of the injury remains unclear. Rodgers never appeared on an injury report for a knee issue during the 2015 season and played nearly every offensive snap. Regardless, the knee Rodgers had scoped last month is the same one he had reconstructed in 2004 to repair a torn ACL.

Rodgers finished the regular season with 347 completions on 572 attempts (60.7 percent completion) for 3,821 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions, good for a passer rating of 92.7.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.