When Green Bay Packers fans wake up in the morning to see that their favorite team loses 27-20 to the Chicago Bears on Monday night, they will inevitably be a little upset. After looking at the fact that Aaron Rodgers only threw two passes before coming out of the game in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his non-throwing shoulder when sacked by Shea McClellin, fans minds will then move into utter despair.
While there is currently little knowledge about the extent of the injury that Rodgers incurred, things certainly do not look promising. He immediately went into the locker room after coming off of the field, where he would stay until the third quarter. At this time, the quarterback returned to the field sporting sweats and showing absolutely no inclination to take his left arm out of his pocket, let alone raise it in the air.
For a guy that has been extremely durable — Rodgers has not missed a game since December 19th, 2010 — this is a worrying sign and leads one to believe that the injury is more serious than what the Packers organization is leading on at this point. The organization gave little inclination into exactly what the injury was, although some have already begun to speculate that it could possibly be a broken collarbone.
If Rodgers did incur a broken collarbone, or any other injury that will keep him out in the coming weeks there will be serious repercussions on rest of the Packers. The loss on Monday night dropped them to 5-3 in 2013, placing them level with the Bears and the Detroit Lions for the lead in the NFC North and a tie for the final wild card spot.
Being in this fight for the wild card inevitably leaves the Packers in the spot of having to win most of their games the rest of the way just to make the playoffs. With all due respect to backup quarterback Seneca Wallace he is not Aaron Rodgers, and quite honestly he is not even an average quarterback in the NFL. Furthermore, he is not the leader of the Packers, making the loss of Rodgers a double whammy and proving it imperative that he comes back sooner rather than later for the sake of Green Bay’s season.