GREEN BAY, Wis.—Aaron Rodgers has a fractured left collarbone and the Packers’ franchise quarterback doesn’t know how long he will be out.
Rodgers offered details of the injury Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. The 2011 NFL MVP was hurt after getting sacked by Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers’ first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder.
“I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.”
Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly. “In this case, it was considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time,” he added.
Rodgers got emotional at one point during the 15-minute appearance when he described the reception he got from fans as he walked back to sideline in green warmups in the third quarter.
“We put our bodies on the line. We do it because we love this game. But when I walked back out on that field—I’m getting a little choked up here just thinking about it,” Rodgers said, “that was one of the top five moments of my career there.”
Rodgers is the Packers’ Mr. Reliable. Since taking over for the equally dependable Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers has only missed a game due to injury once—on Dec. 19, 2010, for a concussion.
On a team that has been rocked all season by injuries, Rodgers had been a constant and the Packers had reeled off four straight wins despite being without top players like linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), Randall Cobb (leg) and Jermichael Finley (neck).
Losing Rodgers might be the most devastating blow of all.
The 27-20 loss to the Bears left Green Bay in a three-way tie atop the NFC North with Chicago and the Detroit Lions, who were idle last week. The offense now falls into the hands of backup Seneca Wallace, who finished 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception.
The Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.