The fact that Rodgers was unable to return after landing hard on his left shoulder while being sacked by Shea McClellin was a telling sign that the injury was significant. Rodgers confirmed as much on his weekly radio show, saying there was no timetable for his return and that he would find out more about the severity of the injury later in the week.
Early Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Rodgers could miss up to three games with a small fracture in his collarbone. It usually takes adults longer than kids to recover from a break in the collarbone, which leads some to believe Rodgers may actually miss six weeks.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky followed up Schefter's report, noting a source told him Rodgers will not need surgery and that it was uncertain if the Green Bay quarterback could return in time for the Packers' Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.
With former Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn being cut from the Buffalo Bills on Monday, speculation grew that Flynn could return to the Packers since leaving for the Seattle Seahawks after the 2011 season.
Since Flynn's departure, general manager Ted Thompson has had trouble finding a competent backup for Rodgers as evidenced by Graham Harrell's forgettable tenure in Green Bay and the performance of the 5'11" Seneca Wallace on Monday night, who went 11-of-19 for 114 yards with an interception.
However, the Packers don't appear interested in bringing back Flynn due to concerns about his arm. That would mean they will move forward with Wallace at quarterback, which Rodgers confirmed during his radio show.
Wallace's height led to several batted down passes, including one that resulted in an interception. But Wallace was thrown into the fire and receives an extremely limited amount of snaps during practice behind Rodgers. That will obviously change leading up to Green Bay's Week 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, assuming the Packers don't look elsewhere for quarterback help.
With all the hype Flynn is receiving, keep in mind how he performed back in 2010 against the Lions. Flynn entered after Rodgers suffered a concussion in the second quarter, and he led the Packers to just three points as he went 15-of-26 for 177 yards and an interception.
But then, with a week of preparation, Flynn went into New England and nearly led an improbable upset of the Patriots, going 24-of-37 for 251 yards, 3 TDs and one interception. And of course, we all remember his record-breaking performance against the Lions at the end of the 2011 season.
Wallace should benefit from his own week of prep, as well as the fact that he will be going up against the worst pass defense in the NFL. The 33-year old Wallace has been around the block and can win games, but it will make a world of difference knowing he'll be the starter next Sunday.
The Packers' next three games come against teams with a combined 7-18 record. Not that there is ever a good time to be without Aaron Rodgers, but winning two of the next three games is conceivable even without the former MVP assuming he can return in time for Thanksgiving.
For now, those are two rather large assumptions. But if they hold true, Green Bay should still be in excellent shape for the stretch run and have time to get back in sync heading into the postseason.
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