The Green Bay Packers were dealt a massive blow when Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury Sunday. The team confirmed that he suffered a broken collarbone, which means the quarterback could miss the rest of the season.
Rodgers was hurt when he was slammed to the ground by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr after an incomplete pass on 2nd down. As he hit the turf, his right shoulder appeared to roll on the ground, and he laid there in visible pain some time after the play. Medical personnel came out to check on Rodgers, and he was eventually carted to the locker room to be evaluated further.
The news of a broken collarbone was confirmed by the Packers after halftime, and Rodgers was listed as “out” for the remainder of the game. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley took over the rest of the way and could likely do so the rest of the season. Rodgers’ injury means Hundley is the only healthy quarterback on Green Bay’s roster, and it’s assumed Randall Cobb would take over if Hundley were to leave with an injury. It also means that the Packers will have to make some serious personnel moves in the coming days to ensure the position is solidified.
Could that mean that General Manager Ted Thompson signs free agent Colin Kapernick?
Thompson isn’t typically known as an executive who makes a splash in free agency, though he’s been known to make moves midseason if necessary. It seems like now — more than ever — that is necessary to continue competing for the playoffs.
Right now, quarterback Joe Callahan would in all likelihood be promoted to the active roster and back up Hundley. But Callahan doesn’t have any experience playing in a regular season game.
If the Packers want to sign Kaepernick, they’d certainly have the salary cap space to do so. According to Sportrac, Green Bay is an estimated $19.48 million below the salary cap.
The broken collarbone is the same injury Rodgers suffered during the 2013-14 season, when he went down Week 9 against the Chicago Bears. He eventually returned to the team for the final game of the regular season and helped the Packers win the NFC North championship and a playoff berth.
During the stretch of games when Rodgers was out, Scott Tolzien took starting snaps along with Matt Flynn on a week-to-week basis. Seneca Wallac also started a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he was injured in the game and never took the field for Green Bay again.
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