TUESDAY A.M. UPDATE: NFL insider MikeGarafolo confirms that Aaron Rodgers suffered a crack in his collarbone when he was hurt in the first quarter Monday night. Garafolo says the team will conduct more tests today before revealing a timeline for his return.
PREVIOUS STORY FOLLOWS: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Monday night’s home game against the Chicago Bears after injuring his non-throwing (left) shoulder in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the team announced that he would not return to the game, and by the end of the night, Green Bay was a 27-20 loser at Lambeau Field and all of Packer Nation was left holding its collective breath.
The ninth-year veteran made his way to the sideline dressed in sweats in the second half and was observed not wearing a sling.
“They want to run more tests,” head coach Mike McCarthy told the media in the postgame news conference. “They don’t have an exact diagnosis is where we are. We’ll have more information for you probably (Tuesday)” McCarthy also would not answer yes or no when asked if Rodgers has suffered a bone break.
Rodgers, who was taken to the locker room for X-rays before he returned to the sidelines, was thrown to the turf by Bears second-year defensive end Shea McClellin. Rodgers threw a few tosses on the sideline before jogging inside Lambeau Stadium for further examination.
Veteran Seneca Wallace replaced Rodgers and completed 11 of 19 passes for 140 yards and an interception. The Packers are also without tight end Jermichael Finley and receiver Randall Cobb because of injuries, though fellow receiver James Jones played for the first time since injuring his leg in Week 6.
FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo, who was at Lambeau, had this to say during the game:
The doc or trainer who took Rodgers back has returned to the sideline. Rodgers hasn’t. McCarthy received an update. Didn’t seem thrilled.
If Rodgers is to miss any extended amount of time, the team will likely go looking for another QB. The team certainly ran well against the Bears, getting nearly 200 yards on the ground. But even facing Josh McCown in the place of injured Bears starting QB Jay Cutler, Green Bay was lost without Rodgers on Monday Night.
Wallace is currently the only QB other than Rodgers on the active roster, and McCarthy made it a point at the news conference to talk about the importance of Wallace getting practice time with the first unit should Rodgers be out. Coincidentally, just last week the team reportedly gave practice squad QB Scott Tolzien a sizable raise to remain on the practice squad and not get picked up by another team looking for QB help. But that’s it — for now.
And in another bit of odd timing, one-time Rodgers backup Matt Flynn was cut by the Bills on Monday. Flynn made himself a lot of money with a brief-but-successful run as Rodgers backup in 2011, but has struggled to even see playing time in Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.
After the Monday night game, McCarthy was even asked about the potential of Flynn being brought back should Rogers be out for a prolonged period of time, but would only say he is focusing on Wallace for the time being. The Packers host the Eagles next Sunday.