Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game early in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury and confirmed this afternoon that it was a fractured collarbone. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Aaron Rodgers confirms fractured collarbone, but his timeline for a return is still to be determined

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Aaron Rodgers went on ESPN Radio a few minute ago and confirmed that he has a fractured collarbone, but also said that how long he will remain out will depend upon further tests and how fast he heals.

“There’s nothing been talked about with me [or the people who represent him]. These reports come out that are somewhat silly because there has been no timetable [that] has been talked about,” Rodgers said on this afternoon’s radio program.

Rodgers described the play and the pain he was feeling when he went off the field last night. He also described agreeing to go into the locker room to have X-rays taken as quickly as possible because at that time he thought he might still be able to get out and play.

“My first thought was that I would play through whatever [I] have. I’ve gotten back on the field a lot of times and dealt with it.

After going into the locker room, Rodgers said, “I was thinking about going back and playing … [I was] in considerable amount of pain and was sitting there watching the game … I heard something about that I wasn’t going back in the game. I put pads back on and took some snaps from Greg van Roten [who was there] and threw ball,” Rodgers said.

However, he said he was in “considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time. I was in too much pain and realized it wasn’t going to happen.”

Rodgers choked up when describing the ovation he received when he came back out on the field later in the game … “When I walked back on the field – that was one of the top five moments of my career … the reception I got from the fans was pretty special …”

He also said that the reason he came back out on the field was to be with his teammates and to be a resource, if needed, for Seneca Wallace.

As for where he will go from here is still up in the air and will be determined by more tests that will be completed yet today. But regardless of how fast he heals and how long he will be out, Rodgers reiterated the team line: “It’s a waiting game now. The key for all of us is the ‘next man up’ mentality on this team. Need to have faith in next man up.”

He also said that whatever happens, he and his teammates will have faith in Seneca Wallace and said that judging the backup quarterback’s performance last night was not fair because of the lack of preparation (Wallace) had leading up to last night.

In preparing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers said he has faith in Wallace and that the “fan base needs to get behind him as well.”

As for his immediate future, Rodgers also said, “I think we’ll know more as week goes on. I’m holding out hope its a quick heal.”

So is Packers Nation.


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