- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Without the services of receiver Randall Cobb, who is expected to miss 4-8 weeks because of the fractured fibula he sustained in Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Rodgers might have a hard time putting up big numbers this season.
And he’s OK with that as long as it doesn’t compromise the team’s ability to win.
“The overall look of it might change a little bit,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly radio show on ESPN 540 Milwaukee. “It might not be as flashy as some fans might expect or want. But there’s one very, very important stat to me, and that’s winning. There’s no substitute for it, and it might be ugly at times.”
Rodgers admitted it might be tough without Cobb and potentially without receiver James Jones, whose status for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns is up in the air because a knee injury he sustained against the Ravens.
“We’re going to be short-handed in some spots, but I like the way it’s shaping it up, I really do,” Rodgers said on his show. “I feel like this is a team that has a chance to do some special things. We’re flying under the radar a little bit. We’re dealing with a lot of adversity with injuries. We’ve seen some guys go down with some significant injuries who are going to miss multiple weeks or even the season, and guys are stepping up and playing well.”
When asked about how he has performed so far, Rodgers said he’s happy the Packers are 3-2 after what he called the most difficult five-game stretch to start a season since he took over as a starter in 2008.
“I think I can definitely play better, but I think at this point it’s not about the stats,” said Rodgers, who has thrown 10 touchdowns and four interceptions and has the fifth-best passer rating (101.9) in the NFL this season. “I’ve put up many seasons with pretty gaudy statistical marks. The year that we won the Super Bowl, I would not say is one of those years. It was not one of those years where I was off the charts, stats wise. We won a Super Bowl that year. I’ll do whatever it takes for us to win. I love the fact that we’re running the football well. I need to take care of the football better, and I will.”