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Aaron Rodgers Reveals Whether He Will Keep Playing Through Injuries

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers lost more than just their latest game when they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers also exited the game due to a rib injury and did not return. That combined with his team's 4-8 record has led to some speculation that Rodgers, who has also been playing with a broken thumb, might sit out the rest of this season.

But Rodgers said after the game that he has no plans to watch from the sideline.

Rodgers said that "as long as we're mathematically alive" to make the playoffs, he wants to be on the field, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

"Rodgers said he wants to keep playing even with the thumb and rib injuries 'as long as we're mathematically alive,'" Silverstein tweeted.

Rodgers also clarified that he would have more tests to determine the severity of his rib injury on Monday, the results of which could determine whether or not he returns to the field. 

Rodgers said he "was having a hard time breathing and rotating my upper body" following two shots to the ribs.

Prior to leaving the game, Rodgers completed 11 of 16 passes for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

His exit allowed Packer fans to get a rare glimpse of his backup, former first-round draft pick Jordan Love, playing meaningful snaps. Love completed six of nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, including a 63-yard scoring strike to rookie receiver Christian Watson.

Even prior to Rodgers being hurt, there had been some calls for the Packers to turn to Love this season. With the team having now lost seven of its past eight games and looking unlikely to make the postseason, some fans want to see what the team has in Love.

The Packers front office might still be thinking that way. If so, that could lead to some difficult conversations with Rodgers, who has not hid his frustration with the team at times in the past few years.

Rodgers, the reigning two-time NFL MVP, signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension with the Packers prior to this season, so if for some reason the Packers did decide to turn the offense over to Love for good, they would have to find a willing trade partner for Rodgers.

The Packers are currently three games out of the final Wild Card spot in the NFC, held by the Washington Commanders. They have a bye in Week 14, which could allow Rodgers to miss just one game while taking two weeks to get healthy and see where the team stands in the postseason race.