Packers QB Rodgers has broken left collarbone
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a broken left collarbone and he has no idea yet how long he will be out.
The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN on Tuesday, the day after he was hurt while being sacked by Chicago’s Shea McClellin. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.
“I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.”
Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly. “In this case, it was considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time,” he added.
The sliver of good news for the Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy indicated the injury won’t end Rodgers’ season. He sounded much more optimistic than after the 27-20 loss to Chicago on Monday.
“I’m relieved, no doubt,” McCarthy said at Lambeau Field. “With the new information that was given today, everybody felt better about it. How long? We don’t have our hands around a timeline yet, but I know Aaron is very optimistic and he’ll do everything he can to get back in a timely fashion.”
Still, it’s a major blow to the Packers, who looked to be serious NFC contenders again considering guys like Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb were expected to return from injuries.
Rodgers entered Monday’s game with a 67 percent completion rate. He has 15 touchdown passes and four interceptions. And since taking over for the equally dependable Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers had missed only a game due to injury_on Dec. 19, 2010, for a concussion.
So in steps Seneca Wallace to take over the offense against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Wallace was signed before the week of the season opener after Green Bay jettisoned three other backup candidates. Wallace was ineffective in relief against the Bears, finishing 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception. It was his first game since Jan. 1, 2012.