Aaron Rodgers left Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears prematurely because of a shoulder injury. The quarterback did not return for the rest of the night, and it could be a while before he suits up in a Green Bay Packers uniform.
On Tuesday, Rodgers confirmed reports that he has a broken collarbone. He was unable to give a timetable for when he might play again.
"We're still going through the process of testing," Rodgers told ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. "But we do know that the collarbone is fractured and we still have not talked about or discussed any long-term prognosis.”
The injury doesn’t appear to be season-ending, but he might miss a good portion of Green Bay’s remaining games. Adam Schefter originally reported that the 2011 MVP was expected to miss about three weeks, and there’s a chance he could be out until December. A source tells ESPN that it’s unknown if Rodgers will be ready to play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
If Rodgers is forced to miss a few games, this might be the most ideal stretch for him to sit out. Over the next three weeks, the Packers will play the softest part of their schedule. Before their contest with the Lions, they’ll face the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5), New York Giants (2-6) and the Minnesota Vikings (1-7).
The Packers are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North. The Packers, Lions and Bears all have a 5-3 record and are 2-1 in the division.