Bears won the battle of the back-ups QBs in Green Bay and Rodgers injured his shoulder. Head coach McCarthy: 'No timeline, no exact diagnosis.'
Aaron Rodgers left the game with a shoulder injury. Midway through the third quarter Rodgers came back from the locker room wearing no bandage or brace just a sweater waving to the fans in obvious anger. Does his thumbs up mean he is healthy? Will he play this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles?
Green Bay Packers amazingly didn’t give up on themselves after their best player went down. Packer’s running game stepped up with two huge runs: James Starks with a 32 yard touchdown run and Eddie Lacy breaking tackles on his 56 yard run but little shy of six points.
Back up quarterback and ten year veteran Seneca Wallace stepped in and it didn’t look good.
The Washington Post wrote: '[…] there are injuries and then there are INJURIES, and a hurt Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s ultimate nightmare. With the 2011 NFL MVP almost as durable as predecessor Brett Favre – he hasn’t missed a game due to injury since Dec. 19, 2010 – the backup quarterback has been the most anonymous person in Green Bay.'
'Aaron’s a huge part of our offense,' McCarthy said. 'This is a thing that’s been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don’t think it’s realistic to put anyone in there and think they’re going to pick up and run it the way he has run it.'
On the other side back up quarterback and eleven year veteran Josh McCown did a pretty decent job for the injured Jay Cutler with 22 completed passes of 41 attempts for 272 yards with two TDs and no interception. Some of his throws were very accurate and showed great poise in the pocket and trust in his receivers.
The one play that really stand out was his 23 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. Green Bay defenders had McCown almost wrapped, but before he was hit to the ground flipped the ball with surprising ease to his receiver.
With this win the 5-2 Bears looking forward to beat the next division rival the Detroit Lions next Sunday.
Will they keep their winning streak alive?
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