Posted November 05, 2013

Aaron Rodgers injures left shoulder early in game against Bears

Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, NFC North
Aaron  Rodgers was injured when his left shoulder was driven into the turf. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

Aaron Rodgers was injured when his left shoulder was driven into the turf. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

The last thing the Green Bay Packers wanted on Monday night was to engage in a battle of backup QBs with the Chicago Bears. That’s where they wound up, though, after Aaron Rodgers exited early with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury. The Packers first announced that Rodgers’ return was questionable, then downgraded him to out.

Green Bay went on to lose the game, 27-20.

Veteran Seneca Wallace took Rodgers’ spot in the lineup — Wallace was the only other quarterback on the Packers’ roster entering Monday. His last regular-season appearance came on Jan. 1, 2012, as a member of the Cleveland Browns. In that game, a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh, Wallace completed just 16-of-41 passes for 177 yards and an interception.

The Packers would have taken those numbers. Wallace totaled a mere 114 yards passing Monday, with a key interception. He ended the game by taking sacks on successive plays, as Green Bay attempted to drive for a tying touchdown.

Rodgers’ injury occurred on a 3rd-and-goal play at the end of Green Bay’s initial drive. Chicago’s Shea McClellin caught Rodgers as the Packers’ quarterback attempted to scramble to his right and drove him hard into the ground. Rodgers’ left shoulder hit the ground first, and he came up in obvious pain.

After spending a few moments talking to the team’s training staff and attempting to throw some warm-up passes, Rodgers jogged to the Green Bay locker room.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had minimal information during his postgame press conference on Rodgers’ status. McCarthy said only that Rodgers had a shoulder injury, and that team doctors “want to run more tests … they don’t have an exact diagnosis.”

He did add that the Packers hope to have more information Tuesday. The team’s next game is Sunday, Nov. 10, against Philadelphia.

The last full game that Rodgers missed came at the close of the 2011 season — the now-infamous Matt Flynn showcase performance, in which Flynn threw for 469 yards against Detroit while Green Bay rested Rodgers for the postseason. Flynn also was the fill-in quarterback when Rodgers suffered a concussion during a 7-3 loss to Detroit in 2010. Flynn dropped a 31-27 decision in New England the following Sunday.

Flynn departed as a free agent the following offseason, leaving Green Bay without a proven backup in 2012. They scrambled to find one again prior to 2013, and Wallace eventually claimed the job, beating out the likes of Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young. The Packers may have to bring back one of those QBs (or another free agent) if Rodgers is unavailable moving forward.

But it appears that Wallace would stay the starter in that scenario, and McCarthy made it clear that the Packers need more from Rodgers’ replacement.

“Aaron takes a lot of reps through the week, Seneca’s probably on the low side of backups,” McCarthy said. “There’s nothing like live reps and I think that was evident tonight.”

The Bears were on their No. 2 quarterback for the game as well. Their normal starter, Jay Cutler, injured his groin during Chicago’s last game at Washington, forcing Josh McCown into action. McCown performed admirably on Monday, finishing with 272 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns.

29 comments
mishmosh
mishmosh

Surprised the Pack kept Wallace.  Didn't wallace abruptly leave SF in preseason saying he was done and was going to retire?

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Lol, I'm still laughing it up and celebrating this injury. Always great to see the most pompous player in the league get humbled. Hopefully he's out for the year. Pack fans are garbage.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

IF he is out for the rest of the season the options would be 1. Flynn who was just released by the bills. 2.Young who knows the offense from camp  3. Tebow which would all but end the packers season

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Somewhere Vince Young thinks he could have saved to Packers' season.

j7apple
j7apple

Favre would have kept playing

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

unnammed sources earlly reporrts are Broken Collarbone

palsiter
palsiter

It seems to me that  Aaron Rodgers was intentionally injured. Some teams don't know how to play a clean game. Somebody should be fined because of Aaron's injury. Anyway, I enjoy watching the games on the new technology devices.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Rodgers should have remembered there was a backup on the other side and played a bit smarter. 

RyanTannehill
RyanTannehill

I never thought I'd be better than the Packers starting QB.

swededawg52
swededawg52

The stupid artificial turf has caused so many career injuries that it should be criminal.  The league needs to mandate natural turf.  How many knee's must be destroyed for the owners to pony up the extra money to maintain natural turf which is much more forgiven for the players.  

Bigwhazoo
Bigwhazoo

Somewhere Matt Flynn just secured his phone to his ear and finger on the talk button anxiously waiting.

cajunkraut
cajunkraut

@mishmosh I think I flagged your comment when I meant to flag the next one. My apologies.

jbc123
jbc123

@ElvisHitler  It's not artificial turf, concussions, or knee injuries that are the problem with the NFL. Idiots like you are the problem. "laughing it up" and "celebrating" are not things any real fan does.  It's a dangerous game, played by tough guys, not by twits like you who live in mom's basement. If you see a life, grab it, you clearly don't have one.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@ElvisHitler  The most pompous player in the league?  WTF does that come from?  Is he confident?  Hell yeah — he has every right to be. Arrogant?  Not hardly.  Like Kaepernick kissing his bicep every TD?  Or Brady doing his Tiger fist pump?  If you want a humble star, you're in the wrong sport, dumba$$.  In fact, reading this I'd guess you're a Bears or Vikings fan, so yeah, with your teams you ARE in the wrong sport.  Bears got lucky last night, nada more nada less.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@j7apple Yeah, he'd have run to the sidelines and swallowed a handful of Vicodin to do so.  If you're implying that Fav-ruh is tougher, you're wrong. And if Fav-ruh had stayed in the game he'd have probably blown it by tossing a game-ending pick anyway.  Why is that the Brett Fanboy Club always seems to conveniently forget how reckless and error-prone Fav-ruh was during his career?  

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@sportsGuy12 From experience, I can tell you that is exactly what they were checking for on the sideline.under his pads.  And when he winced at one point, that is exactly where the doctor's hand was probing.

RonMcNamara
RonMcNamara

I agree. The defensive player turned him onto his shoulder and then put additional weight onto him, more than was needed to bring him down. Driving his shoulder into the ground with Rogers and the defensive player's weight. If it would have been Suh from the Lions he would have been fined 250k!

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@palsiter There was absolutely nothing dirty or illegal about that hit. The QB got sacked, that is all. 

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@palsiter The Bears player felt the need to take down Aaron hard since he's so elusive and he was turning away as if he was getting away.  If Aaron had succumbed, he would not have been driven into the ground.  It was a clean play.  No intent to injure whatsoever.   

lylerasputin
lylerasputin

@palsiter your comment makes little or no sense. there was nothing dirty about that play.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@help4mac1 He was attempting to elude the block in a garden variety scramble during the Pack's 1st set of downs. Was just bad luck, plain and simple, and saying that AR should have played smarter is like telling a F1 driver he should have driven slower after he crashed because his tire blew.  When you play cautious, which is what you're saying here, you played scared, preoccupied with getting injured.  That ain't Rodgers' way, and the Pack has a SB trophy (and hopefully a couple more to come) because of HIM.


lylerasputin
lylerasputin

@swededawg52 every piece of study actually shows the opposite.  consistency of field turf,  and the fact that lambau has a new state of the art designed field...well.... i don't like to see rodgers go down as a sports fan,  but it wasn't the turf.

busdriver37
busdriver37

@Bigwhazoo He's in midair on the first flight out of Buffalo. He'll be waiting by his phone upon checking the news while the plane rolls up to the gate at... wherever the heck he "lives." Yikes - three teams (I think?) in one season - where DOES Matt Flynn live? :)