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Now what?

by Mark Daniels

Aaron Rodgers is undergoing more tests today but there are reports out there that the 2011 NFL MVP has a small break in his left collarbone that could sideline him two, maybe three weeks.  Rodgers was injured 2 and a half minutes into last night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.  On the game's opening series, facing third and 8 at the nine, Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket to his right.  He didn't see linebacker Shea McLellin coming from behind until he was on his back and the force of the tackle drove Rodgers' left shoulder into the ground at the 12.

The Packers have been able to withstand the loss of Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, but they may not with Rodgers.  11 year veteran Seneca Wallace was thrown into the breach on a smattering of meaningful game plan snaps last week in practice and it showed.   He converted only 1 of his 8 third down chances and while the team scored 17 points with him taking snaps, that was due in large part to a pair of big runs, the 32 yard James Starks touchdown and Eddie Lacy's 56 yard burst in front of his 1 yard score.  Wallace threw a pick on his second pass attempt,  had three, three and outs and got sacked four times.

Remember when Matt Flynn took over for Rodgers in Detroit after his concussion?  He looked a lot like Wallace, maybe worse, but with a full week of reps with the starters, he nearly beat the Patriots in Foxboro the following week.  You would expect similar improvement from Wallace in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles.

And what of Flynn? Traded by Seattle to Oakland where he was cut and off to Buffalo where he was released Monday, he's on the market again.   He would have to clear waivers with every team below the Packers to even be considered.   General Manager Ted Thompson might think about it.  The only other quarterback on the team is Scott Tolzien who got a sweet deal to stay on the practice squad last week after a couple of suitors came calling.  But he's only been in town a couple of weeks and is even ready to be the backup to the backup?

The next up mentality is noble and really the only choice for any NFL team but there really are only a handful of truly elite quarterbacks in this league and the Packers just lost one of them until maybe Thanksgiving.   That thought is giving Cheesheads the same sort of indigestion the holiday seems to bring.