The Green Bay Packers have not confirmed the severity or exact nature of the shoulder injury that took down Aaron Rodgers during the Bears’ 27-20 win in Lambeau Field but the Green Bay quarterback remains a specter looming over the NFC North and the entire conference.
Adam Schefter at ESPN reported that Rodgers suffered a small fracture of his collarbone and could miss “about three weeks.”
What is coming in those three weeks is a schedule segment that a backup could very easily get the Packers (5-3) past with limited damage.
Green Bay hosts the mercurial Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) next Sunday. Philadelphia is far from a power team but the oddball Eagles are 0-4 at home and 4-1 on the road.
[MORE: McCown's stunner in Green Bay]
The Packers then go to New York to play the 2-6 Giants. New York has won its last two but only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both 0-8, have scored fewer than the Giants’ 141 points.
The three-game Rodgers-less stretch then finishes with the Minnesota Vikings (1-7) coming to Green Bay.
The Packers have demonstrated an ability to beat weakened and weakened opponents. Their four-game winning streak before losing to the Bears included beating the Detroit Lions when Calvin Johnson was inactive with an injury; the Cleveland Browns with Brandon Weeden at quarterback; and the Vikings, with Christian Ponder.
Those, however, were with Rodgers.