The Green Bay Packers find themselves in serious trouble against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football after quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game due to a left shoulder injury in the first quarter. Backup Seneca Wallace has replaced Rodgers under center, he has not taken a single snap with the team before tonight.
Losing Aaron Rodgers has immediately changed the look of the Green Bay Packers offense. Running formations have replaced coach Mike McCarthy’s preferred spread out attack, with more full house and I formations being utilized.
On the first possession with Wallace in the lineup, an audible to a quick slant backfired and an interception was thrown to Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.
Aaron Rodgers is the latest in a slew of offensive injuries to the Green Bay Packers this season. Wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb, as well as tight end Jermichael Finley have already missed significant time due to injury this year.
A preference to run the football and throw easy, quick passes has enabled the Bears to stack eight men in the box to stop the run, something teams never have the luxury to do against the Green Bay Packers.
Two deep safeties are typically used to stop Aaron Rodgers from throwing over the top to his talented receivers like Jordy Nelson, but the Bears are instead focusing on running back Eddie Lacy and daring Wallace to beat them with his arm.
There have been no updates as to the extent of the injury to Aaron Rodgers, all that has been stated is that it is a collarbone injury and he will not return to the field. Considering he left almost immediately for the locker room, one has to think that this injury is a little more serious than Green Bay Packer fans would hope.