Green Bay Packers fans around the world held their collective breath on Monday night as quaterback Aaron Rodgers was slammed to the ground and looked in visible pain.
Rodgers was sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin and fell hard on his left shoulder. He was looked at on the sideline and exited to the locker room without playing another snap. The Packers lost the game but the loss of Rodgers is even bigger.
However it is been recently reported by NBC Sports that Rodgers only suffered a small fracture in his collarbone and could miss up to three weeks. Whilst having your star quarterback miss significant time is never good, the Packers can be relieved that Rodgers didn't suffer an injury that would end his season.
The Packers now find themselves in a dog fight for the NFC North title. After a four-game winning streak, Green Bay looked like the favourites for the division, particularly with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missing time with injury.
Now the Packers face a key three-week stretch without Rodgers where their season could be decided. Green Bay faces the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings in the next three weeks. Games that looked like victories before are now thrown into question with Seneca Wallace at quarterback.
The drop off to Wallace from Rodgers in the loss to Chicago was enormous but not surprising as Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Green Bay were already dealing with several key injuries to players like Clay Mathews, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley. Rodgers could overcome those losses but it was too much to ask for Wallace to do the same.
Green Bay will have to rely even more now upon a rejuvenated running game with rookie Eddie Lacy even more. Don't be surprised if Green Bay moves to sign their ex-back up quarterback Matt Flynn as another option.
Green Bay are still very much alive with the news that Rodgers will back in less than a month. It is vital, though, that they hold down the fort until their star quarterback returns.
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