Aaron Rodgers wants to play and expects to play. Joe Philbin wants to play him and expects to play him.
Unless, of course, there's a reason for the Green Bay Packers quarterback not to play.
Rodgers said after Sunday's loss that he injured his groin on the final play of the first half, and although he didn't miss a snap, he spent most of the second half trying to stretch it out because, he said, "it bothered me a little bit." That, combined with the left knee injury that Rodgers battled all season, could be enough for the Packers to keep him out of Sunday's penultimate game of 2018 at the Jets, the story said. Philbin said players are paid to play, and Philbin hasn't talked to Rodgers about sitting. But that message could come from higher up as Rodgers is 35 with a $134 million contract.