Tuesday was dominated by Aaron Rodgers updates, understandably so. The 2011 MVP and three-time Pro Bowler exited Monday night’s game against the Bears after the opening drive with a left shoulder/collarbone injury and did not return. The team provided no updates following the loss, as coach Mike McCarthy was very tight-lipped on the issue. But on Tuesday, we had a whopping eight Rotoworld player blurbs on Rodgers with plenty of information.
The morning started out with a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder saying Rodgers’ injury “doesn’t look good” and the quarterback was headed for an MRI after the swelling prevented the Packers from getting an exact diagnosis Monday evening. There was even some concern Rodgers could “possibly” miss the rest of the season. Werder’s colleague, Adam Schefter, tweeted quickly thereafter that Rodgers suffered a small fracture in his collarbone and would be sidelined “about three weeks.” Rodgers doesn’t need surgery. The quarterback later confirmed on his weekly radio show that he indeed broke his collarbone. That’s about all Rodgers revealed as he declined to speculate on a potential return date.
"It's a difficult injury because there's not a specific type of rehab," Rodgers said. "Holding out hope this will be a quick heal, but this is a significant injury. I feel like I've been a quick healer in the past. Hopefully this will be on the short end."
Later in the evening, coach McCarthy addressed the media and said he was “relieved” to hear the broken collarbone diagnosis and “everybody felt better about it” after getting the “new information” Tuesday. McCarthy says the Packers will take on a “week-to-week mindset” with Rodgers. He even declined to rule Rodgers out for Week 10 against the Eagles, though it’s all but certain he sits. The injury is to Rodgers’ non-throwing shoulder. It also sounds like he’s avoided a complete fracture.
In the meantime, the Packers appear set to trot Seneca Wallace out there against Philadelphia. He wasn’t very good – to put it kindly – in relief of Rodgers versus the Bears. Wallace short-hopped passes, didn’t show good rapport with his receivers, and pretty much dinked and dunked his way to 114 yards passing on 19 attempts. Wallace will get a week of practice under his belt with the first-team offense and should fare better against a soft Eagles pass defense. However, he won’t be anything more than a low-end QB2. The Packers have signed Scott Tolzien from the practice squad to serve as Wallace’s backup.
Rodgers owners need to be making other plans at quarterback for the next few weeks. Rotoworld’s Adam Levitan posted his Week 10 Waiver Wired column Tuesday morning. It’d be in your best interests to go check it out. Levitan pinpoints five quarterbacks who are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and another four to add to “watch” lists. In a likely best-case scenario, Rodgers could possibly return for the Week 13 Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions. We’ll learn even more throughout the week.
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News Nugget #2
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on the Monday Night Football pregame show that Jay Cutler (groin) planned to return to practice this week and was eyeing a return to the starting lineup Week 10 against the Lions. Sideline reporter Lisa Salters added that Cutler had already begun running and doing some drop-backs the previous week, as he ramped up his rehab.
On Tuesday, Cutler said, “I don’t think we can say I’ll be out there for Detroit.” By no means does that mean Cutler won’t play. It’s just too early in the week. Cutler plans to participate in the team walkthrough Wednesday with an eye toward practicing Thursday. The Bears simply can’t make any plans until Cutler returns to the practice field. Backup Josh McCown was terrific in his spot start, which would make it easier for the Bears to give Cutler another week off. However, the Bears and Lions are tied atop the NFC North, making this a crucial game at this point of the season. We’d expect the Bears to do everything they can to get Cutler back on the field for Week 10.
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News Nugget #3
Michael Crabtree (Achilles’) was cleared by doctors to resume practicing Tuesday. The 49ers now have a three-week window to activate him from the reserve/PUP list. Crabtree’s clearance came as a bit of a surprise to many after the Sacramento Bee speculated the team would wait until the November 19 deadline to do so. The 49ers must now activate Crabtree by Week 13 if he’s going to play this season, which he will. Crabtree’s exact return date remains up in the air, but he’ll at least be back for the fantasy playoffs. He’s not a terrible stash option, though owners hoping for WR1/2 production are going to be disappointed. Crabtree is coming off a complete tear of his Achilles’ and won’t be 100 percent himself until next season. Look for the 49ers to continue featuring Vernon Davis in the passing game and lean heavily on Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick in the rushing attack.
Quarterback/Running Back Quick Slants
Sam Bradford’s ACL surgery was originally scheduled for Tuesday. It has been delayed likely due to swelling. He’s expected to go under the knife in the “near future,” though. … The Packers are reportedly concerned Matt Flynn has arm issues. They’re expected to bring him in for a medical checkup in the coming days, but it’s no guarantee Green Bay will sign Flynn. … Jason Campbell (ribs) practiced Tuesday. … Coach Rob Chudzinski said he wants Chris Ogbonnaya to get more carries going forward. Expect him to see 8-10 touches per week, playing in a rotation with Willis McGahee and Fozzy Whittaker. Ogbonnaya is Cleveland’s preferred passing-down back. … The Jaguars named Denard Robinson their No. 2 running back. Shoelace remains a dynasty hold and would have some flex value if Maurice Jones-Drew went down this season. … Ben Tate (ribs) plans to play Week 10.
Wide Receiver/Tight End Quick Slants
New England released Austin Collie and signed LaQuan Williams. Collie is nearing the end of the line after a very promising start to his career in Indianapolis. … Six weeks after breaking his finger, Steelers rookie Markus Wheaton has been cleared to return. He’s a player to keep an eye on. … Riley Cooper was sent home Tuesday with an illness. … Nate Burleson (arm) practiced Tuesday, but coach Jim Schwartz hinted Burleson may not play this week. … Greg Little (shoulder) practiced Tuesday. … The Packers placed Jermichael Finley (bruised spinal cord) on season-ending injured reserve. The team was holding out hope he could return this season, but it wasn’t in the cards. Finley will be a free agent in the spring and may have played his last down as a Packer. … Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Kyle Rudolph (broken foot) will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. He’s safe to drop in fantasy. John Carlson will take over as the Vikings’ No. 1 tight end. … Kellen Winslow’s four-game PED suspension has ended.