GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not considering the possibility of wearing a shield or a visor on his facemask, even after the injury he suffered in Sunday’s game.
Midway through the third quarter of Green Bay’s Week 4 win, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins was attempting to tackle Rodgers near the goal line when his finger violently poked the NFL MVP’s right eye. Rodgers completely lost depth perception in his right eye and had to temporarily leave the game for medical attention.
When asked Wednesday if he wanted to add something protective on his helmet as a preventative measure in case a similar situation occurs, Rodgers showed absolutely no interest.
“I don’t want anything between my eyes and . . . I would never,” Rodgers said. “Nope. I won’t.”
After missing just one play in Sunday’s game — in which backup quarterback Graham Harrell tripped and fumbled a handoff exchange to Cedric Benson that resulted in a turnover — Rodgers returned on the next drive with full vision and depth perception.
Three days later, Rodgers is having no issues with his right eye.
“It’s good, it’s good,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Everything is back to normal. It felt good after I got some drops in there on Sunday. I’m good to go.”
Though an on-field injury typically means that player has to sit out at least one play, Rodgers could have immediately returned to the game because Jenkins was flagged for a 15-yard facemask penalty. But Rodgers was not ready by the end of the injury timeout.
“I wanted to stay in the game — obviously, I don’t like coming out for anything,” Rodgers said after the game. “I just didn’t have any depth perception immediately thereafter, so I figured we were a yard away and we could punch that thing in there. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy agreed with the decision to keep Rodgers out of the game until his vision was fully restored.
“(Rodgers) could not refocus with his right eye, so with that the medical staff wanted to get him to the sideline,” McCarthy said Sunday. “That’s why we took him out at that point. But he wanted to stay in. We took the high side of caution there and unfortunately it resulted in that fumble.”