Aaron Rodgers told ESPN.com on Friday evening that he is “doing well” after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after the Green Bay Packers’ playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The two-time MVP quarterback, who pulled out of the Pro Bowl last week with an undisclosed injury, said he’s “recovering on schedule” after what the report categorized as a “minor scope" and is likely to be ready for the start of the Packers’ offseason program in April.
Rodgers never appeared on the team’s injury report with a knee issue this season, playing all but 10 offensive snaps in 18 starts this season. However, the 32-year-old quarterback acknowledged he was a little sore after taking a shot to his left knee from Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah on Nov. 15.
He made his only appearance on the Packers’ injury report the following week, but it was for a right-shoulder injury. He was limited in one practice, but otherwise was a full participant the rest of the week and listed as a probable going into the Packers’ Thanksgiving game against Chicago.
Asked how he was feeling before the Packers’ wild-card game against Washington, Rodgers said: “I’m all right. I’m proud of the fact I was able to start all 16 (games). It’s a goal every year. We’re all banged up at this time of year.”
Whatever discomfort Rodgers felt didn’t seem to affect his scrambling ability. He rushed for a career-high 344 yards and a touchdown on 58 regular-season carries.
Still, it may have factored into what was a down season for Rodgers. His completion percentage (60.7), passer rating (92.7) and yards per attempt (6.7) were all career-lows. As a whole, the Packers’ offense dropped to 23rd in total offense and 25th in passing, their lowest finishes in 25 years.
Rodgers previously underwent reconstructive surgery in his left knee during his time at the University of California, but hasn’t missed any time in his professional career with any knee injuries.
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