Does Aaron Rodgers Injury Spell Doom for the Packers?

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Author: Matt Budkofsky

When Aaron Rodgers rolled out to his right and attempted a pass to Martellus Bennett, Packers fans everywhere couldn’t believe Bennett was unable to haul the pass in. But when they realized what happened behind the line of scrimmage, the entire state of Wisconsin was in disbelief.

Rodgers was taken to the ground by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and remained on the ground after the hit. Nobody knew what exactly what happened to Rodgers, but people were hoping for the best. However, after Rodgers’ examination in the locker room, everyone’s worst fear was confirmed: Aaron Rodgers’ season could be over, as he sustained a broken collarbone.

Packers Head Coach McCarthy told reporters at a Monday press conference that Rodgers will be out “a significant amount of time” and “potentially this season.”

The Packers have been one of the most banged up teams all year. However, Aaron Rodgers is such a special player that he was able to mask some of the Packers biggest flaws. Their offensive line and secondary have both been missing a couple of key starters for a few weeks, including David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga.

However, thanks to some late game heroics from the California quarterback product, the Packers were able to stay afloat and looking like they were gearing up for a push into February.  For Packers fans, the news that the Packers will now be without their star QB for the rest of the season is absolutely devastating.

Without Rodgers, the Packers have one of the most mediocre rosters in the league. They lack true playmakers on both sides of the ball. Jordy Nelson and Clay Matthews are both shells of their former selves and Ty Montgomery can’t stay healthy either.

Defensively, Green Bay ranks near the bottom of the league in yards allowed per game and has had trouble generating sacks and turnovers. It’s hard to believe that the Pack will be able to turn to their defense to keep them in games.

Currently, Brett Hundley is in line to take over as quarterback for the foreseeable future. This will certainly be an adjustment for all of the players, but also for McCarthy, who will now have to alter his play-calling strategy to keep things simple enough for Hundley to be able to operate effectively.

It would also not be surprising to see Green Bay try and pursue a player like Colin Kaepernick or Tony Romo, however neither of those options seem very likely, especially after McCarthy’s press conference on Monday, when he told reporters “The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be.  We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.  We’re committed to the path we’re on.”

Rodgers’ lost season will be tough for Packers fans to swallow. Unfortunately, all fans can do for now is try to R-E-L-A-X.