MINNEAPOLIS — Inexperienced Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers might miss the rest of the season with a damaged collarbone.
Rodgers left the sport in opposition to Minnesota within the first quarter on Sunday, and the Packers introduced at halftime that his season is in jeopardy after the harm was identified.
“There’s a probability he might miss the rest of the season,” the Packers tweeted.
Minnesota gained 23-10 to maneuver right into a tie with Inexperienced Bay for the NFC North Division lead at 4-2.
It’s a crushing blow to a crew that entered the season with Tremendous Bowl aspirations, optimism primarily based totally on the proper arm of Rodgers.
Regardless of a number of key accidents to the secondary, the Packers entered the sport Sunday in opposition to their NFC North rivals at 4-1 after Rodgers engineered a game-winning landing drive to beat the Dallas Cowboys final week.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s defence 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 go.
The influence didn’t look like that violent at first look as Rodgers rolled by way of the hit. Nevertheless it grew to become 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 assessments 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 contains 1000’s of Packers followers in Minnesota’s stadium.
Brett Hundley, the one different quarterback on the Packers roster, stepped in for Rodgers.
A Packers offence with out Rodgers underneath centre just isn’t one thing Inexperienced Bay has seen fairly often. Hundley entered the sport having thrown 11 profession passes, all coming within the fourth quarters of mop-up obligation.
Since turning into the full-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 depend 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 sport of the 1992 season, the Packers have had Favre and Rodgers for all however 9 video games.
Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace had been pressured to fill in whereas Rodgers was out in 2013. Flynn began as soon as in 2010 when Rodgers sat out with a concussion and once more in 2011 when he rested in the course of the regular-season finale with the Packers having clinched the highest seed within the NFC playoffs.
Favre by no means sat in any respect.
“I hope @AaronRodgers12 is OK!” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted. “The league is healthier when he’s wholesome. Praying for you.”
Hundley’s first go of the sport was intercepted by Xavier Rhodes, however he recovered later within the second quarter and was in a position to step up within the pocket and hit a large open Davante Adams for a landing that tied the sport at 7.
Hundley was a fifth-round draft decide by the Packers in 2015. He was a three-year starter at UCLA. He had solely thrown 11 passes within the NFL earlier than being thrown into the hearth on Sunday.
Rodgers broke his left collarbone in November 2013 and he missed seven video games, returning for the ultimate sport of the common season. Inexperienced Bay was 0-4-1 within the first 5 video games with out Rodgers however rebounded to win two of the final three with Flynn underneath centre earlier than Rodgers returned.
The Packers, who completed 8-7-1, misplaced to San Francisco within the first spherical of the playoffs.