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GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws against the the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers to play Week 18 vs. Lions

The Green Bay Packers are heading into the Week 18 matchup against the Detroit Lions with the first-round playoff bye locked into place.

However, it hasn’t pushed star quarterback Aaron Rodgers from playing in the final regular-season tilt before postseason action. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur voiced that Rodgers doesn’t need to play. However, the 37-year-old expressed he wants to take the field against the Lions.


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“I don’t think he necessarily needs to play,” LaFleur said Friday via ESPN. “I think he’s proven that throughout the course of the season in terms of the lack of practice that he’s had and still going out there and playing at an MVP level, so I don’t think he necessarily needs to play. He wants to play. I think he wants to keep the momentum going.”

Rodgers certainly holds every reason to sit out the contest to avoid any possible setback before the playoffs. He’s accomplished the job of securing home-field advantage through to the Super Bowl.

However, the star quarterback may be looking to avoid having any more rust before the NFC divisional round. He may also be hoping to secure a stronger case to secure his second straight MVP award and fourth overall of his illustrious career.

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Despite dealing with a broken pinkie toe for the last several weeks, he’s continued to perform at an elite level. In the process, he has pushed Green Bay to tremendous success. Rodgers may wind up playing in the first half of Sunday’s contest as the team heads into postseason action hoping to vie for a championship.

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