UPDATE 12 PM EST: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Rodgers could miss up to three weeks as results from Rodgers original MRI show that he has a small fracture on his left collarbone.
Original Story 11 AM EST:
I’ve cautioned Eagles fans all year that we shouldn’t hold our breath on staying in the NFC East race all year, despite how poor the division has turned out to be. Monday night, the Eagles may have caught a break that could allow them to climb back to .500 on Sunday and match the Cowboys amount of wins should they lose.
Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter of last night’s 27-20 loss, when Bears defensive end Shea McClellin and cornerback Isaiah Frey combined to sack Rodgers. Rodgers landed hard on his left shoulder, which is his non-throwing shoulder, which forced him to leave the game and he did not return the rest of the night.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the early prognosis on Rodgers’ injury isn’t good.
“It doesn’t look good,” A Packers source told ESPN’s Ed Werder on Tuesday. “This is the one we couldn’t afford to lose.”
You can take this quote one of two ways. That Rodgers’ injury doesn’t look good and the Packers couldn’t afford to lose to the Bears, or that Rodgers’ injury doesn’t look good and the Packers couldn’t afford to lose him. I think the second interpretation is how the quote was meant.
Team doctors and head coach Mike McCarthy were hesitant to give any diagnosis on Rodgers, but they did say that Rodgers will undergo further tests today.
The same team source who gave the earlier quote that, “It doesn’t look good”, gave another quote that gave a very good indication on Rodgers’ status Sunday against the Eagles.
When I asked if Rodgers could miss the rest of the regular season, the source said, “Possibly, but they need to see more.”
Regardless of how the MRI turns out, Rodgers will likely need to miss at least a game or two. I’m not a doctor, but the way that this source makes things sound, you would think Rodgers will have an option between either having surgery or rehabbing the injured shoulder. My educated guess would be that Rodgers would sit out Sunday and make a push to play in two weeks, but I don’t have any sources or doctors to back that, it’s just my educated guess.
Should Rodgers not be able to play, Seneca Wallace will likely be the starter for the Packers. Wallace went 11/19 after replacing Rodgers last night, tossing one interception and zero touchdowns.