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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to have surgery on collarbone

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The nightmare Green Bay Packers fans hoped would never happen this season has indeed occurred, as star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in big danger of missing the rest of the season with a collarbone injury. Rodgers broke his collarbone on Sunday in a disappointing 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

As part of the recovery process, Rodgers is set to undergo surgery according to head coach Mike McCarthy, as told in a report by Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone “in the near future,” coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

If Rodgers was able to let it heal without surgery, his return timeline would’ve been quicker. But, now that it’s confirmed that he’s having surgery, his season is likely over.

This is a gut shot to the Packers’ Super Bowl aspirations. Without Rodgers, the Packers are minus the lead director of their offense that ranks 10th in the league in scoring. It’s going to be hard to find a replacement as effective and as experienced as Rodgers, but for the meantime, Green Bay will have to rely on backups Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan, who was recently signed to the Packers’ active roster in the wake of Rodgers’ injury.

Hundley took over the quarterbacking duties when Rodgers exited the Minnesota game, passing for 157 yards and touchdown as well as three interceptions on 18-of-33 completions.

Hundley, who starred for the UCLA Bruins in college before the Packers selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make his first career start this coming Sunday in a duel with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.