Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Aaron Rodgers Could Miss Three Weeks

Monday night: Chicago Bears’ defensive end Shea McClellin (99) brings down Aaron Rodgers with 12:38 remaining in the first quarter. McClellin’s sack led to Rodgers sustaining a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the duration of the game. (Photo: Jeffrey Phelps, AP).


Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning that Rodgers could be sidelined about three weeks.

Rodgers was in the midst of another fantastic season for the Packers when he sustained a shoulder injury in Monday night's game. He had thrown 15 touchdown passes, only four interceptions, and 2,191 passing yards. 

With 12:38 remaining in the first quarter, Bears' defensive end Shea McClellin's sacked Rodgers and the impact of the tackle made Rodgers sustain a shoulder injury. The Packers clearly missed Rodgers for the duration of the game as backup quarterback Seneca Wallace struggled. 

Wallace completed 11 of 19 passes, 57.9 completion percentage, for 114 yards, threw zero touchdown passes, and one interception. He was very dependent on running back Eddie Lacy, who finished the game with 22 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown.

(http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013110400/2013/REG9/bears@packers#menu=highlights|contentId:0ap2000000276925&tab=analyze).

The Bears defeated the Packers 27-20 and Wallace is the reason why they lost. The worst news for the Packers is that Rodgers is expected to miss some games.

"Rodgers could be sidelined about three weeks," according to Schefter. "Initial tests showed that he has a small fracture in (his, non-throwing shoulder,) collarbone."

That would be detrimental to the Packers' chances of winning games and making the playoffs.

The Packers' offense is very dominant when Rodgers is running the offense. He is able to make any receiver look like a great receiver with his pinpoint accuracy and arm strength.

It also helps Lacy find additional running lanes because opposing defenses have to respect Rodgers' skill-set; as evidenced in their Oct. 27 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.


Wallace is a completely different quarterback.

He is not a good pocket passer, as evidenced Monday night, but he is mobile. With first-team practice reps, he should look better in his next start. Based on the Packers' schedule the next three weeks, they could win them with him playing quarterback.

The Packers will face teams the next three weeks with a combined record of 7-18. They will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the New York Giants on Nov. 17, and the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 24.

The Packers are tied with the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears for first place in the NFC North, so every game is crucial.

According to Schefter, "the Packers don't want to make any official determination until their quarterback undergoes even more testing Tuesday." If the additional testing reveals that Rodgers has a broken collarbone, then he could miss the rest of this season.

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