Packers Juggling Injured Players
Speaking Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he was “relieved” by Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone diagnosis, and that “everybody felt better about it” after getting “new information” on Tuesday.
Adam Schefter reported earlier Tuesday that Rodgers is expected to miss in the neighborhood of three weeks with a “small fracture.”
McCarthy said the team is in a “week-to-week mindset” with its starting quarterback. Seneca Wallace will start against the Eagles. Rodgers’ injury is to his non-throwing shoulder and it sounds like there’s a real chance Rodgers is back under center before the month is through. Some have speculated that he’ll target the Thanksgiving game against the Lions for his return.
Also on Tuesday, the Packers placed TE Jermichael Finley on injured reserve with a bruised spinal cord, ending his season.
The Pack appeared to be holding out hope Finley could return this season by keeping him on the active roster for as long as they did, but could no longer afford to wait with Rodgers’ injury. Either way, it was highly unlikely Finley would be able to come back. Finley may be done in Green Bay, and may even be done playing football.
The Packers did get some positive news as it sounds like OLB Clay Matthews will attempt to practice this week with a protective club on his hand. Matthews had the pins removed from his thumb on Monday. It’s unclear if he’s practicing with a goal toward playing on Sunday, or returning in Week 11. As of last week, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel considered Week 11 to be Matthews’ most likely return date.
Packers also activated OT Derek Sherrod from the reserve/PUP list.The No. 32 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Sherrod last appeared in a game on Dec. 18, 2011, where he suffered a severe leg break. Sherrod underwent surgery in the offseason after suffering a setback. Sherrod is unlikely to immediately push for a starting job after so much time away, but will provide depth for a team struggling with poor O-line play.