The Green Bay Packers organization was hit with a major blow earlier today (Sun. October 15, 2017) when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted off of the field during their game against the Minnesota Vikings and taken to the locker room.
Soon after news broke that Rodgers had suffered a broken collarbone and would possibly be out for the rest of the year as a result. When it was all said and done, the Packers suffered a 23-10 loss to the Vikings. The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player is arguably the best quarterback in the league today (as it is largely a debate between him and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady), and undoubtably one of the greatest of all time.
For the Packers to be without a quarterback the calibre of Rodgers it will certainly hurt their chances at getting back to a Super Bowl this season. The injury occurred after Rodgers was tackled by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, and young backup Brett Hundley would come in to relief him.
Packers head-coach Mike McCarthy stated that the loss of Rodgers 'definitely hurts' his football team, however, they need to keep moving forward. As of now, McCarthy said his quarterback is now Hundley and in the worst case scenario Joe Callahan is ready to step in as a backup:
Packers star receiver Randall Cobb is very close friends with Rodgers off the football field, so to see his friend and quarterback go down the way he did was a tough site to bear (quotes via Star Tribune):
"It's devastating, no question about it," said Packers receiver Randall Cobb. "First and foremost, that is one of my closest friends, so to see him go down, that is tough. We still have to play football. We have a long season ahead of us to figure out what we are going to do."
Packers center Corey Linsley claimed that he has all the confidence in the world on Hundley, who has backed up Rodgers for some time now and has spent time learning from one of the game's greatest of all time:
"I think a lot of people don't understand that we don't cycle through backups," Linsley said. "Brett Hundley has been by Aaron Rodgers' side, and Rodgers has been teaching him, educating him and showing him everything to do."
What are your thoughts on Rodgers possibly being done for the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone? Do you think that the Packers' hopes at making it to the SuperBowl are virtually shattered? Or does Brett Hundley have what it takes to take the Packers into the playoffs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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