The franchise that rarely ever needs a quarterback may be wondering what to do next. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a left shoulder injury following the first series of Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears and did not return.
Rodgers appeared to injure his shoulder on a Shea McClellin sack with 12:38 remaining in the first half. He completed one pass for 27 yards to Jordy Nelson before exiting. Rodgers was briefly examined by team doctor Patrick McKenzie before heading off to the locker room, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers may miss the next 3 weeks with what seems to be a fracture collarbone. Aaron Rodgers has missed only 2 games since becoming the Packers starter in 2008 (1 due to injury, 1 to rest in season finale).
The Packers had Vince Young as a back up but was cut early on in the preseason, so the team turned to veteran backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was serviceable managing the offense in his first regular-season snaps since quarterbacking Cleveland in a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2012. (Is it me, or is it just so ironic that previous Green Bay backup Matt Flynn was just released by the Bills on Monday… Go Figure)
Wallace’s night didn’t get off to a good start. On his first series, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers popped a pass up at the line of scrimmage and picked it off.
“Aaron’s a huge part of our offense,” McCarthy said. “This is a thing that’s been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don’t think it’s realistic to put anyone in there and expect him to perform (like Rodgers).”
The Packers use to draft quarterbacks every draft under the previous general manager, but slacked off once Rodgers became the permanent starter, which is understandable… it’s Aaron Rodgers. This injury now puts things in perspective, especially since the NFC North is a VERY tight division with all three teams, Chicago, Detroit, and Green Bay, all dead locked at 5-3 and losing 1 divisional game.
The loss of Rodgers to injury will certainly curtail the Packers’ offense moving forward. But, Lacy made sure it remained on track against the Bears. Lacy rushed for 150 yards. Lacy simply isn’t producing; he’s also setting the tone with his physical running style. Eddie Lacy had 93 yards after contact in last night’s game, tied for the most by any player in a game this season (Adrian Peterson Week 4 vs PIT).
But give credit to the Bears and Marc Trestman. The 57-year old finally got his opportunity to be an NFL head coach this season. There were questions about his ability to translate previous success from the Canadian Football League to the NFL. Those questions were answered under a national spotlight as the Bears defeated the Green Bay on the road with backup QB Josh McCown playing at a high level. Trestman, who also serves as the Bears’ offensive coordinator, called an impeccable game.