Packers Players, Including Aaron Rodgers, Catch Flu Ahead of Championship Game

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

As if heading to Atlanta with a fleet of injured wide receivers wasn’t challenging enough, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed Friday that a bug was going around the Packers locker room.

Rodgers, receiver Jordy Nelson and kicker Mason Crosby are among those players who have caught the illness, Rodgers said. Nelson, who is also dealing with rib injuries, was sent home from the facility earlier on Friday.

“Rest, fluids, all that stuff,” Rodgers said. “We’ll be OK.”

But it certainly does add to the drama for the Packers, though Rodgers quickly shot down any idea that Sunday’s game could be his own version of Michael Jordan’s flu game in the NBA finals. Instead, Rodgers views the illness as just another thing for the Packers to overcome in a series that has been full of hurdles.

“I like the challenge, when the odds are stacked against you, when the expectations are low. Around here, we haven’t been the underdog very often, but we are this week,” Rodgers said.

Indeed, the Falcons are currently considered a four-point favorite, according to betting site bovada.lv.

SOURCE: Lindsay H. Jones
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