Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Green Bay Packers lost All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury in the first quarter of their game against the Chicago Bears last night, and after initially calling his return “questionable”, Rodgers was ruled out of the game just before half time.
The diagnosis is that of a broken collarbone that will sideline him for at least three weeks, and possibly longer:
"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that it’s believed Rodgers suffered a small break in his collarbone in Monday night’s 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. It’s a setback that will necessitate missing some games, according to a pair of sources.Rapoport was told that no definitive timetable exists for the signal-caller’s return, but Rodgers likely would return in time for the postseason, if Green Bay makes it that far."
Here is a GIF of the hit he took on a play where Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacked him and drove him hard into the ground:
Rodgers completed 1-of-2 passes on the opening drive, which resulted in a field goal. Seneca Wallace, signed by the Packers during the first week of the regular season, replaced Rodgers on the second series.
With 6:54 left in the third quarter, Rodgers returned to the Packers’ sideline in street clothes and received a loud ovation from the crowd. The team’s next game is Sunday at home vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.