For a few tense moments Thursday night, it appeared the Green Bay Packers might lose more than just a game.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers jogged off the field in a good deal of pain after taking a shot to his left elbow on a hit from Chicago linebacker Lamarr Houston at the start of the third quarter. Rodgers jumped on the ball after a low snap from center JC Tretter, pushing Green Bay out of field-goal position.
As team doctors looked at Rodgers, his backup Scott Tolzien began throwing off to the side. Rodgers was able to stay in the game, but was forced to hand the ball off to running backs with his throwing hand instead.
Rodgers, who said he practices such scenarios in practice, admitted afterward that he was still waiting to get all the feeling back in two of his fingers, but expected to be fine.
“I lost feeling in my hand for a good portion of the game there in the third quarter, fourth quarter,” said Rodgers after the 17-13 loss to Chicago. “It’s my left hand. I’ll be all right. … That’s the old funny bone there. Yeah. Not so funny.”
Rookie cornerback Damarious Randall left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. He initially injured it while covering a punt in the first half. He tried to stay in the game, but was eventually carted to the locker room and didn’t return.
With Micah Hyde inactive with a hip injury, rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins was forced into action, playing on the edge in the nickel package. In the dime package, Rollins moved inside and Demetri Goodson played the edge.
“I felt something weird. I’m like I need to get this looked at,” Randall said. “I don’t know too much. I was just out there playing. Friendly fire. I don’t know too much about it. I guess we’ll learn about it as the week comes on.”
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga limped off field with 8:30 left in game with a left ankle injury. He was replaced by Don Barclay and didn’t return.
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