MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Inexperienced Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers might miss the rest of the season with a damaged collarbone.
Rodgers left the sport towards Minnesota within the first quarter on Sunday, and the Packers introduced at halftime that his season is in jeopardy after the damage was recognized.
“There’s a probability he might miss the rest of the season,” the Packers tweeted.
It’s a crushing blow to a group that entered the season with Tremendous Bowl aspirations, optimism based mostly totally on the suitable arm of Rodgers.
Regardless of a number of key accidents to the secondary, the Packers entered the sport Sunday towards their NFC North rivals at four-1 after Rodgers engineered a recreation-profitable landing drive to beat the Dallas Cowboys final week.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s protection has all the time gotten after Rodgers in these tense matchups, and it occurred once more within the first quarter when linebacker Anthony Barr drove him into the turf after he removed a roll-out cross.
The impression didn’t look like that violent at first look as Rodgers rolled via the hit. Nevertheless it turned obvious shortly that he was in appreciable ache. He writhed on the turf as Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued for a roughing the passer penalty.
As Rodgers walked gingerly to the sideline, he turned to jaw at Barr earlier than getting into a tent on the sideline for examination.
Ultimately he rode a cart to the locker room for additional checks and remained there all through the primary half. He was initially deemed questionable, however the Packers introduced after halftime that he wouldn’t return to the sport.
He was 2 of four for 18 yards earlier than leaving, casting a pall over the rivalry that all the time consists of hundreds of Packers followers in Minnesota’s stadium.
Brett Hundley, the one different quarterback on the Packers roster, stepped in for Rodgers.
A Packers offense with out Rodgers underneath middle is just not one thing Inexperienced Bay has seen fairly often. Hundley entered the sport having thrown eleven profession passes, all coming within the fourth quarters of mop-up obligation.
Since turning into the complete-time starter in 2008, Rodgers has been remarkably sturdy. He missed seven video games in 2013 with a fractured collarbone, however he has began 132 of the opposite 134 video games throughout that point interval.
In fact, with the ability to rely on a quarterback to take the snaps is nothing new for Inexperienced Bay. Since Brett Favre took over for the injured Don Majkowski within the third recreation of the 1992 season, the Packers have had Favre and Rodgers for all however 9…