The Green Bay Packers confirmed Sunday afternoon that Aaron Rodgers was forced out of Week 6 action against the Vikings with a broken collarbone. It would be a devastating injury to the Packers and to Rodgers, who previously fractured his collarbone in 2013.
Rodgers had been on a tear to begin the 2017 season, throwing at least three touchdowns in three straight games heading into Sunday. But everything changed in the first quarter in Minnesota, when Anthony Barr planted Rodgers’ shoulder into the ground.
Rodgers stayed on the ground, and was eventually carted to the locker room. Brett Hundley is the new quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Hundley has 11 career passing attempts heading into Sunday’s action, and will get his first look at a starting role against a tough Minnesota defense.
Rodgers fractured his collarbone in Week 8 of the 2013 season against the Bears. He returned in Week 17, but his team lost to the 49ers in the Wild Card round.
At the time, the Packers feared the injury was season-ending. Packers coach Mike McCarthy called it “significant,” and the Packers season was expected to be over. But Matt Flynn went 2-2 as a starter, helping the Packers sneak into the playoffs. The following season, Rodgers responded by winning AP MVP honors and tossing 38 touchdowns.
Rodgers is expected to undergo an MRI to confirm the injury. If Rodgers were to miss eight weeks, his earliest return would be December 17th against the Panthers. That would set the Packers up to make another late season run, as they close the regular season against division foes Minnesota and Detroit.