The Green Bay Packers are in a “week-to-week mindset” after quarterback Aaron Rodgers fractured his collarbone in a 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears two days ago, coach Mike McCarthy said.
Rodgers will miss about three weeks after tests showed a small fracture in the bone that connects the shoulder to the base of the neck, ESPN reported yesterday. The 2011 National Football League Most Valuable Player may miss home games against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) and Minnesota Vikings (1-7), and a visit to the New York Giants (2-6).
“I’m relieved,” McCarthy said in a news conference last night about the potential length of Rodgers’s absence. “We don’t have our hands around the timeline yet. I know Aaron is very optimistic and he’ll do everything he can to get back in a timely fashion.”
Seneca Wallace, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards, one interception and no touchdowns after replacing three-time Pro Bowl selection Rodgers in the first quarter against Chicago, will start against the Eagles on Nov. 10, McCarthy said.
“I’d look for him to improve with a week of preparation,” McCarthy said. “Third down was our Achilles’ heel. He’ll have a week to get some timing with the receivers, specifically in those third-down situations.”
Wallace, 33, was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft. He spent five years with Seattle, starting 14 games and completing 333 of 556 passes for 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In two seasons at the Cleveland Browns, he started seven games and went 119-for-208 for six touchdowns and four interceptions.
“It’s my responsibility and the coaching staff’s responsibility to make sure our game plan fits his skill set,” McCarthy said.
Rodgers was injured after he was sacked by Chicago’s Shea McClellin on the opening series in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Rodgers landed on his left, or non-throwing, shoulder, walked off under his own power and went into the locker room for evaluation.
“It was considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time,” Rodgers said in an ESPN radio show yesterday.
Rodgers led the league in passer rating in 2012 and 2011. He’s thrown for 2,218 yards this year with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. His 108 passer rating is second to Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.
The Packers also placed tight end Jermichael Finley on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury.
“It was in the best interests of him as a man, as a father and as a husband,” McCarthy said. “Everybody agreed that he should not play football this year.”