GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers’ helmet wasn’t cracked, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback did absorb a hard enough hit during Sunday’s victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that he did have to go check his headgear after being told that a shot on the CBS broadcast made it looked like the helmet had indeed been damaged.
“I was just trying to be nice,” Rodgers said when it was pointed out that he couldn’t say for sure that the helmet was intact.
After taking a couple of hard hits in the first half, Rodgers was hit by Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny and fumbled on the opening drive of the third quarter, when Rodgers was scrambling. While the fumble was wiped out, it appeared on TV that Rodgers didn’t entirely have his wits about him after the hit. But much like the helmet being cracked, Rodgers said it wasn’t as it appeared. He said he never had any cognitive issues and insisted he did not suffer a concussion.
“I’ve had two concussions,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com. “I know what that feels like. I know the moments after. I know I’m not going to put myself in harm’s way by staying in a game when I’m not healthy mentally, when my brain is not healthy. So this was nothing like that. So I’m just going to stop you there, and say, I’m not going to say it was a clean hit, but it was a hit to the head area, and that I’m fine.”
When it was suggested that Rodgers appeared “staggered” after the hit, he disputed that choice of words.
“I would say if you use the word ‘stagger,’ it would insinuate some sort of head trauma, major brain trauma,” Rodgers said. “To use the word staggered ... staggered means that your equilibrium is off, you're seeing stars potentially. So I'm going to say ‘rocked.’ ‘Rocked’ to me, that brings up, you just got rocked. You're kind of feeling it for a second and then you get up. 'Staggered' means you got up, but you're still not right, you're trying to walk it off. Which way is the bench? Which way is the huddle? So I'm going to use ‘rocked.’”
As for the helmet appearing cracked, Packers PR men Jason Wahlers and Jonathan Butnick showed skeptical reporters Rodgers’ helmet in his locker on Monday and it was intact. A decal that runs the striping down the center of the helmet is an odd shaped and gave the appearance of a crack.
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