Injury will come as a huge blow for Packers in NFC North race.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has confirmed that he suffered a broken collarbone during the loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
The 29-year-old landed on his left shoulder when he was sacked by defensive end Shea McClellin, and is now expected to be sidelined until December, according to ESPN.
“We’re still going through the process of testing,” Rodgers said Tuesday on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee.
“But we do know that the collarbone is fractured and we still have not talked about or discussed any long-term prognosis.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy has admitted that he has now begun the process of preparing Seneca Wallace for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, although there is relief that Rodgers’ injury has not ruled him out for the entire season.
ESPN sources have confirmed that Rodgers will not need to undergo surgery to repair the damage, and there have been whispers that he could target a return within the next three weeks.
However, it doesn’t appear as though he will make a miraculous recovery in time to play this weekend, with Wallace receiving his chance after signing with Green Bay in the first week of the regular season.
The Packers fell to 5-3 for the season, joint top with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the NFC North, and with injury problems elsewhere on the roster they will hope to remain within touching distance until their stars begin to return.
Nevertheless, considering Rodgers’ history with returning from injury, they are optimistic that their starting quarterback will be back in action sooner rather than later.