The initial diagnosis of Aaron Rodgers‘ fractured collarbone had him missing three weeks. The diagnosis, while no doubt frustrating for fans, also could have been much worse. The Green Bay Packers have enough talent to skate by for three weeks without their star quarterback. However, reports have now emerged that state Rodgers could be out 4-6 weeks. One of the reports cites week 13 as a ‘best case scenario’ for Rodgers to return.
So let’s say that this becomes a ‘worst case scenario’ situation, where the QB is out a full six weeks. Could the Packers survive?
Frankly, I don’t think so. Seneca Wallace looked decent after being thrown to the wolves on MNF, but he’s not a guy that can carry a team. Given all the other injuries the Packers’ have at receiver, Eddie Lacy and James Starks would have to have multiple career games to make up for the normal offensive production.
But on top of the all the injuries on the Green Bay roster, we’re also talking about a team that plays in the highly contested NFC North. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions were already set to give the Packers a run for their money for the division title anyway. Now with the Bears getting Jay Cutler back and the Lions being fully rested after their bye, things have changed in a big way up North.
If Rodgers misses five or six weeks, the Packers are going to miss the playoffs. If he can get back in three or four, I don’t still don’t like their chances, but it’s a short enough time frame that they could survive.