GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers will not play in the Pro Bowl, as the Green Bay Packers and NFC starting quarterback said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that he has injuries to “multiple lower extremities” that will keep him out of the game.
"I didn’t pass my physical," Rodgers announced. He wouldn’t delve into specifics of the injuries but did say that his ankle, which he injured against Chicago on Dec. 16, “has definitely been a problem."
"I did get banged up in the game," Rodgers said of Saturday night's NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "I’ve been on the injury report at various times during the season with my ankle (that) was hurting me. I will say that my ankle has definitely been a problem. During the season I’ve been on the injury report at least once with that. But yeah, I’m not going. I’m sorry to the fans, the Green Bay fans that are going to be out there."
Later in the show, he said his calf, which he injured Oct. 14 at Houston, bothered him for several weeks.
After the show, Rodgers said he’d received an injection in his knee, but would not give any further information.
The Pro Bowl is set for Jan. 27, the Sunday before Super Bowl XLVII.
Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and center Jeff Saturday were the three Packers players selected to the Pro Bowl, while coach Mike McCarthy and his staff are set to coach the NFC squad, a tough consolation prize after being eliminated from the playoffs. Although, Rodgers said, one's attitude changes upon arriving in Hawaii.
"It is the worst trip until you get out there. I think that’s how it goes," he said. "Being from the west coast you don’t realize how difficult it is to get to Hawaii from the Midwest. A lot of guys last year flew down to Atlanta and then Atlanta over, or flew Chicago, L.A., Hawaii. It’s a long travel day. When you live in southern California it’s like, 'Oh, we get L.A. to Hawaii – four and a half hours, not bad.' But it’s a bit of a jaunt from out here.
"I know once they get over there they’ll be excited. The hospitality is great out there, the Hawaiian people are always real great."
Rodgers criticized the quality of play in last year's Pro Bowl and joked that he might watch the start of the game on TV.
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