We don’t have a ton of information about impact of Sunday’s Aaron Rodgers injury. He has called it a sprained knee, and while he first insisted he will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, he has walked it back a bit.
Rodgers is being treated as day-to-day. He has not participated in practice this week, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
On his FS1 and radio show yesterday, Colin Cowherd said that sources told him that Rodgers was preparing to play on Sunday.
At least one sportsbook is not expecting to see the superstar under center against the Vikings, though.
BetDSI’s odds indicate that the Aaron Rodgers injury will keep him from starting in the Packers vs. Vikings game.
The book has Rodgers as a +280 underdog to start the game. He is at -350 to not start the game.
Those odds are pretty heavy, considering conventional wisdom seemed to indicate that he will probably start.
Aaron Rodgers is a sizable underdog to start on Sunday, according to @BetDSI:
Will Aaron Rodgers start in Week 2 vs. the Vikings?
No -350 pic.twitter.com/HmF4fkyWzw
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) September 14, 2018
Rodgers’ status also has a major impact on the Packers vs. Vikings odds. Via BetDSI:
Rodgers is worth 8-9 points to a spread, depending on the opponent, according to BetDSI head risk manager, Brent Corobotiuc. He is the most valuable quarterback in the league in terms of impact on the game line.
“If Rodgers plays this week we’re looking at Green Bay as a 1- or 2-point home favorite. If he doesn’t, you’re going to see spreads anywhere from Vikings -7 to -9,” Corobotiuc said. “There is a vast dropoff between Deshone Kizer and Aaron Rodgers, but it’s even greater this week due to the opponent being one of the best teams in football.”
Few players are worth an 11-point gambling swing, but Rodgers is an absolutely game-changing talent.