The Green Bay Packers are considering placing Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve for the rest of the season, reports CBSSports.
All-pro quarterback Rodgers has been out since Week 8 with a broken collarbone but has returned to practice for the first time last week.
But without Rodgers, the Packers have gone in to free fall, losing four games and tying one for a record of 5-6-1.
A return date of Week 14 was pencilled in for Rodgers' return but if he doesn't make that he could only be fit to play after the Packers have fallen out of contention for the play-off spots.
If that is the case, the Packers would rather see Rodgers sit out the rest of the season and recover from the break properly - avoiding risk of further damage.
It's bad news for Packers fans who have seen their team unable to replace the All-star.
Scott Tolzien, despite originally showing some promise in Week 10, was pulled from his start in Week 12 for Matt Flynn.
Flynn's displays were encouraging but he went 10 of 20 for 139 yards and an interception against the Lions on Thursday.
The Green Bay Packers face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 8th December.