Vikings LB Anthony Barr on facing Aaron Rodgers again: ‘It’s another football game’
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ status for Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings is still in some doubt despite his declaration that he will play. If he does, though, it’ll mark the first time he faces Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr since the hit that prematurely ended the Packers superstar’s 2017 season.
However, Barr has downplayed the significance of squaring off against Rodgers 11 months after that unfortunate play which effectively wrecked the Packers’ playoff hopes.
“It’s another football game,” Barr said, via the Pioneer Press.
Barr will likely be the object of thousands of Packers fans’ ire for what he did to their hero. But Barr says he’s “not worried” about the especially rowdy reception he’s bound to get at Lambeau this upcoming Sunday.
While Packers fans still aren’t ready to get over Barr’s hit on Rodgers, the Packers quarterback is. Rodgers told Peter King a couple months ago that he feels like it’s time for everybody to move on from that hit.
Rodgers clearly has more pressing concerns than exacting revenge on Barr at the moment. He actually needs to get on the field first after he suffered a scary-looking knee injury against the Bears before returning to lead the Packers to a dramatic comeback win.
As Rodgers’ brief exit against the Bears proved once again, the Packers need their star quarterback to stand any chance of beating their main division rival. But if Rodgers does indeed play, Barr and the rest of the Vikings defense will be ready for him.