The Green Bay Packers may have lost a lot more than the game in their 27-20 defeat to the Chicago Bears Monday night, as Aaron Rodgers left the game with a left shoulder injury and did not return. Rodgers was driven into the ground hard on a Shea McClellin sack, and team doctors were examining his collarbone area before he went to the locker room.
Seneca Wallace took over for Rodgers, and his play was generally unimpressive, which is to be expected from someone who hasn’t played in a game since 2011. Wallace completed 11/19 passes for 114 yards and 1 INT, and he was sacked 4 times. The Green Bay offense struggled to get the ball moving, despite strong games from Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
The extent of Rodgers’ injury is unknown, but with the Packers still in position to win the NFC North and make the playoffs, they need to quickly determine if Wallace can run their offense if Rodgers is out for an extended period of time. However, the best move for the Packers would be to look to the free agent market and sign former Packer Matt Flynn.
Flynn was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, and he has flamed out with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Bills over the last two seasons. However, Flynn spent the first four years of his career as Rodgers’ backup, and his 480 yard, 6 touchdown performance in the 2011 season finale is what earned him those chances with the other three teams.
Flynn would be able to easily fit back into the Packers’ system, and he gives them a better chance to win than Wallace. The Packers’ run game has improved tremendously, but they are still a team that is built to throw the ball. Flynn is a more traditional passer who has more similarities to Rodgers, and he has far more experience in the Packers’ offense than Wallace does.
Hopefully for both the Packers and Rodgers’ sake, this injury won’t keep him out of action very long. However, the Packers can’t allow their playoff hopes to go completely out the window with a Rodgers injury, and the best way for them to try to accomplish their goals is by signing Matt Flynn.