Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Green Bay’s Monday Night Football game against Chicago with a shoulder injury, and according to a sideline reporter at the game, the star QB has a fractured collarbone. There’s been no confirmation of this injury yet. It’s unclear how long this would keep Rodgers out of action – he landed on his non-throwing shoulder – but Charles Woodson and Marques Colston have suffered broken collarbones in the last couple years and both missed about six weeks.
Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the first quarter and returned to the field in the 3rd quarter wearing a hoodie. He briefly waved to the crowd with his right arm, but never raised his left arm. If you feel like it, take a close look at this photo, via Lindsay Jones. Does Rodgers have something on under his hoodie keeping his arm in place?
Rodgers is one of the best QBs in the league, and an NFL MVP candidate this season. The Packers are 5-2 (this result pending) and favored to beat out Detroit and Chicago in the NFC North. Due to a favorable schedule, the Packers are a contender to win home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. That’s with Aaron Rodgers, obviously. Without him, they’ll struggle to make the playoffs.
[UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter says it is small fracture that could sideline Rodgers three weeks. ESPN's Ed Werder says he could "possibly" miss the rest of the regular season.]
Without him, they’ll be scrambling to find a new QB – Matt Flynn? Vince Young? – because Seneca Wallace looked terrible, and you can only ride Eddie Lacy and James Starks so far.