Aaron Rodgers suffers calf injury in Packers' rout of Seahawks
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says it’s too soon to say how the calf injury he suffered early in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks compares to the injury to his other calf that hampered him down the stretch two years ago.
“It’s hard to tell,” said Rodgers, who played through the new injury Sunday to complete 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. “It just happened a few hours ago, so (I’ll) give you a better update on Wednesday.”
Rodgers appeared hobbled coming on and off the field before departing for backup Brett Hundley with the game in hand in the fourth quarter. But Rodgers also has been dealing with a hamstring injury, so the calf issue wasn’t known until the Packers announced it after the game.
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It happened on Rodgers’ 66-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams just 90 seconds into the game, forcing coach Mike McCarthy to – in his words – “dump a bunch of things on the call sheet” the rest of the way.
Asked if the decision to lift Rodgers with nearly 12 minutes to play was related to the injury or what was then a 28-3 lead, McCarthy said: “It’s a combination of both. I didn’t want to take any chances with him from a physical standpoint when the game was out of hand.”
Rodgers acknowledged he was “possibly” compensating to protect the hamstring when the injury to his right calf occurred.
During a conversation in training camp last year, McCarthy recalls Rodgers couldn’t get up on his toes two days before the Packers’ loss to the Seahawks in the NFC championship game in January 2015. Rodgers' left calf remained disfigured for months, and Rodgers admitted the injury temporarily turned him into a pocket quarterback.
He didn’t seem to have much trouble extending plays Sunday, but time will tell how the injury responds in the weeks to come. Still two games back of the Detroit Lions in the NFC North standings with three to play, the Packers visit Chicago next week.
“That’s football,” Rodgers said. “You deal with injuries and – you know, I’d like to talk about the win. You’re here to talk about my injuries. I’m not missing games, so … (we) won three in a row.”
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