Bears loss shows Packers unprepared for time without injured Rodgers
Green Bay Packers might lose the services of their coveted quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the 27-20 loss to Chicago Bears on Monday night. No news has yet arrived on the nature or time frame of recovery for Rodgers’ injury, but the 29-year-old is expected to be out for at least a week.
Rodgers picked up a left shoulder injury after Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacked him with 12:38 left before the first half ended. Rodgers’ premature end to the game included one pass for 27 yards to Jordy Nelson.
On the sidelines Rodgers was examined by team doctor Patrick McKenzie. Soon it was determined that Rodgers could no longer continue playing in the game. Rodgers jogged off to the locker room before returning to the sideline in his sweats.
“He has a shoulder injury,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the game. “They want to run more tests. They don't have an exact diagnosis. We'll have more information, probably tomorrow.”
When McCarthy was asked for more information the coach insisted that further news on the issue was going to be presented after further tests.
“No timeline, no exact diagnosis,” McCarthy added. “That's where we're at.”
McCarthy had to put his faith backup quarterback Seneca Wallace. The veteran had a hard time filling in Rodgers’ boots, but that was expected since Rodgers has been the centerpiece of Packers offense for years now.
It might be right to suggest that Packers would have won the game had Rodgers been able to play after the sack. Wallace’s performance was only satisfactory for an irregular player who was called up to fill in.
“Aaron's a huge part of our offense,” McCarthy said. “This is a thing that's been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don't think it's realistic to put anyone in there and expect him to perform (like Rodgers).”
Packers will be in a bit of a pickle if Rodgers will be unable to return since Wallace is the only backup quarterback on the active roster. Third-year pro Scott Tolzien is an option as well. The quarterback recently received a big salary increment following interest from the Cleveland Browns.
Packers could seek the services of Matt Flynn, who was the backup quarterback for Rodgers during 2008-11 and was released from the Buffalo Bills on Monday.