Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) likely to miss three weeks, more tests coming

Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) given 3-week timetable, more tests coming

11/5/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Green Bay Packers entered Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears with a pretty substantial advantage - the Packers had their starting quarterback, while the Bears trotted out their backup thanks to Jay Cutler's groin injury. However, it took less than three minutes of game time for the playing field to be leveled, as Aaron Rodgers was slammed into the turf, injuring his shoulder and missing the remainder of the game.

Blog Photo - Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) likely to miss three weeks, more tests comingThe injury did not look too severe at first glance, and while Rodgers did wince in pain, it was nothing too far beyond how he looks after taking any other big hit. Even so, Rodgers appeared on the sideline in street clothes during the second half, and would undergo tests on his injured shoulder.

The initial diagnosis on the shoulder is a small fracture in Rodgers' collarbone that will take three weeks to heal. The Packers have yet to make an official determination on the injury, however, as they would like Rodgers to undergo further testing on Tuesday.

If Rodgers does miss three weeks, that will likely leave Week 13's Thanksgiving game as his target return date. In the meantime, the Packers appear poised to roll with Seneca Wallace, who was pretty horrible in what was essentially a spot start on Monday night. The Packers have never invested heavily in backup quarterbacks during Rodgers' tenure, and it has never come back to bite them in the past - Rodgers has missed just one game due to injury since becoming the starter in 2008. If Rodgers does miss significant time with this shoulder injury, however, the Packers may wish they had some insurance behind their superstar signal caller.

The Packers are in a three-way tie for the lead in the NFC North. With games coming up against the Eagles, Giants, and Vikings, the Rodgers injury comes at a great time. If the competition was stiffer over the next three weeks, Wallace could have thrown the Packers right out of the playoff hunt, but even Wallace should be able to pull off two wins against these three teams that have combined for a 7-18 record.

Rodgers was having another phenomenal year before getting hurt, throwing for 277.3 yards per game with 15 touchdowns, just four interceptions, and a 108.0 passer rating. He should return in time to help his fantasy owners make their playoff runs, but his owners should be putting in waiver claims for temporary replacements at the moment.
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