Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers thanks fans for support

Aaron Nagler
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) responds to fans chanting 'Go Pack Go' against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at the outlook for a team that loses an MVP-caliber player. In short: It ain’t good.

From Michael:

Dating to 2000, nine teams have been forced to play five or more games without an injured quarterback who already had won, or would eventually win, a Most Valuable Player award. The results aren’t pretty:

» Seven of the nine teams missed the playoffs entirely.

» Six of the nine teams finished with seven wins or fewer.

» The two teams that reached the playoffs — the 2013 Packers and the 2000 Rams — failed to advance.

» The overall record of the nine teams is 57-86-1.

» The combined record of backup quarterbacks is 34-53-1.

It means that losing an MVP quarterback is almost always a death knell, which doesn’t bode well for the Packers. Even if they rally around Hundley and turn their 4-2 record into a playoff berth, their dreams of winning the Super Bowl likely shattered in Minnesota.

Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on his collarbone Thursday. He posted a post-surgery photo on Instagram, thanked fans for their support and included the hashtags: #comebackstartsnow #riseagain:

No, the hit that led to this surgery was not dirty, as I explain in my latest podcast:

Clay Matthews was surprised there was no flag on the hit:

Tom Silverstein writes on the Jahri Evans Revenge Game:

I spoke with Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune about what kind of Saints team the Packers will be facing:

Tom and Michael go over the key matchups in Saints-Packers on their latest podcast:

Joe Callahan has learned from some of the best:

The Packers have partnered with Microsoft:

Bart Starr will be in the house on Sunday:

Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes on the Packers offense getting in sync:

Dusty Mancuso breaks down the play of Brett Hundley over at Pack to the Future:

Wayne Larrivee gives his Saints scouting report on his podcast:

Rob Demovsky writes on the return of Vince Biegel:

Cheesehead TV previews the matchup with the Saints:

ACME Packing Company looks at stats from the last time Rodgers missed extended time:

Zach Kruse highlights how Cameron Jordan will be a problem for the Packers:

Some Packers fans aren’t giving up on the idea of Colin Kaepernick:

You can join the team's photographer on a tour of his work around Lambeau later this afternoon:

Wisconsin hockey hung out at Lambeau:


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