+5 
Matt Lawrence

“Yes, they’re paying him to play, I think he wants to play, and whether they make the playoffs or not he will want to play. It would be nice if they made the playoffs. I think all the remaining games are winnable and they can make the playoffs. Rodgers gives them the best chance of winning out. He’s going to have a game where he needs to warm up again and it would be nice if it is Cleveland, but it won’t be.”

Matt Lawrence

chemist

McFarland


+5 
Raymond Timberlake

“If they still have a chance for the playoffs they should play him. If he’s been medically cleared then he wouldn’t be coming back too soon. But there’s no reason to play him if they’re not going to be in the playoffs — and I’m a Bears fan.”

Raymond Timberlake

stay-at-home dad

Oregon


+5 
Mike Maly

“I don’t think the risk is worth it. He should get healed up and wait for next year. If he should get re-injured this year it could have long-term consequences and that’s enough for me to think that they should sit him until next year.”

Mike Maly

sales rep

Waunakee


+5 
Betty Rook

“It’s kind of of late in the season. Instead of putting him in now, they may as well wait till later because we’re not going anywhere anyway. It’s not worth the risk of him getting hurt and being out a lot longer next time.”

Betty Rook

retired receptionist

Fitchburg


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+5 
Keith Nelson

“It’s an entertainment sport and him being on the field makes the game much more entertaining. As long as they’re not jeopardizing his future they should play him because that’s one of the things that really attracts fans to go see the Packers play. When he’s not playing it’s, ‘Well, I’ll watch the Packers because it’s Sunday,’ but if he is playing then it’s, ‘Now I really have to watch because of what he can do.’ Even if it’s a borderline decision to play him, it would be nice to see him play.”

Keith Nelson

retired medical physicist

Waunkee


+5 
Tom Johnson

“I would say it’s not a bad idea if they keep winning games; otherwise, sit him and don’t risk it. The season is about the playoffs and he’s not going to play forever, so when there’s a chance to make the playoffs the Packers should put their best team on the field. If they’re not going to make the playoffs when he’s ready to return, then don’t play him.”

Tom Johnson

carpenter

Madison

Compiled by freelancer KEVIN MURPHY from respondents at Mid Town Pub on Allen Boulevard in Middleton | special to The Cap Times