Bears Defeat Packers After Aaron Rodgers Suffers Shoulder InjuryErik Matuszewski
Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes to lead the Chicago Bears to a 27-20 victory against the Green Bay Packers, who lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
McCown, making his first National Football League start since 2011 in place of Jay Cutler, outplayed Seneca Wallace in the matchup of backup quarterbacks to end the Packers’ 10-game regular-season winning streak at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
McCown passed for 272 yards and threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery with two minutes, 46 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Bears (5-3) the lead for good.
The Packers (5-3) had their four-game winning streak snapped without Rodgers and are now tied with the Bears and Detroit Lions atop the National Football Conference’s North Division. It’s not yet known how much time Rodgers will miss.
“They want to run more tests,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during a news conference after last night’s game. “They don’t have an exact diagnosis. We’ll have more information for you probably tomorrow.”
The NFL’s 2011 Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was injured on the game’s opening drive when he was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin on a 3rd-and-8 play from the Chicago 9-yard line. Rodgers, who landed on his left shoulder, was taken to the locker room for tests and later returned to the Packers’ sideline in a hat and hooded sweatshirt.
Rodgers has only missed one game because of injury -- on Dec. 19, 2010 -- since becoming the Packers’ starter in 2008.
“No timeline, no exact diagnosis,” McCarthy said when asked if Rodgers might have suffered a long-term injury such as a broken collarbone. “That’s where we’re at.”
Wallace, the only other quarterback on Green Bay’s active roster, completed 11 of 19 passes for 114 yards, threw one interception and was sacked on the game’s final two plays. The Packers got 150 yards rushing and a touchdown from running back Eddie Lacy, while James Starks scored on a 32-yard run.
“We ran the ball very well, but we were not very productive in the passing game,” McCarthy said.
Matt Forte rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Bears, who snapped a six-game losing streak against the Packers.
Cutler, who suffered a groin injury in Week 7, plans to return for Chicago’s Nov. 10 game against the Lions after initially being projected to miss a minimum of four weeks, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.