Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got poked in the eye by the New Orleans Saints‘ Malcom Jenkins last Sunday. The injury caused him to miss a play while he regained his vision.
It also caused backup Graham Harrell to go in and fumble away what looked like a sure touchdown. Lastly, it caused Rodgers to think about wearing an eye patch.
“You know, I have always enjoyed dressing up like a pirate, wearing an eye patch, I think would be awesome and would add some legitimacy to my toughness,” Rodgers said during his weekly appearance with Jason Wilde on 540 ESPN radio. “It would have been sweet to go back in the game with an eye patch and lead us to victory.
“People aren’t wearing eye patches as often anymore. What is up with that?”
Of course, he was kidding, but Rodgers did lose his vision for a moment and it appears questionable if he’d have been able to return after taking a play off, had Harrell not botched the next play.
“I actually lost vision for a second there,” Rodgers said.
“It wasn’t until probably until about five real minutes later until I felt really good about getting back into the game. It just took a while after the drops went into my eyes to feel like I was ready to go back in there.”
Regardless of how it played out, Harrell probably wouldn’t have seen much time. If he hand’t fumbled, the Packers would have scored a touchdown or kicked a field goal. They were inside the 5-yard line.
Unfortunately, he gave momentum back to the Saints.
Perhaps more unfortunately, Rodgers won’t be wearing an eye patch.