Over the past two months, the injury bug which has ravaged the Green Bay Packers has claimed undrafted free agents, seasoned veterans, rookies and All-Pro performers on both sides of the ball without prejudice.
On Monday night, Aaron Rodgers, the biggest and most valuable domino on the green and gold roster, may have fallen for Mike McCarthy’s club.
Playing host to the Chicago Bears, Rodgers, the 2011 NFL MVP, was sacked by Chicago defensive end Shea McClellin on a 3rd-and-8 at the Bears nine-yard line during the Packers opening drive, subsequently falling awkwardly on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Shortly after Mason Crosby connected on a 30-yard field on the ensuing play to give the Packers a 3-0 lead with 12:28 remaining in the opening period, the 29-year-old Rodgers, who exited with one completion (a 27-yard strike to Jordy Nelson) to his name, was taken to the locker room to be examined.
In the absence of Rodgers (who has missed one game due to injury in his career and has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest), Seneca Wallace, signed by Green Bay in September, stepped in for his first taste of regular season action since a member of the Cleveland Browns in 2011.
Wallace, 33, completed 5-of-8 throws for 43 yards and an interception for the Packers, who trailed Chicago 17-10 at intermission.