Tom Brady Reacts to Aaron Rodgers' Collarbone Injury: 'It Sucks'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (R) congratulates fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after their game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sympathized with Aaron Rodgers after the Green Bay Packers quarterback suffered a broken right collarbone that could end his 2017 season.

"That sucks. It sucks," Brady said of Rodgers' injury, per the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

On Monday, during an appearance on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show (via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com), Brady once again said the injury "sucks," adding he sent Rodgers an email.

"Seeing a lot of guys that happen to. J.J. Watt. Whitney Mercilus. So many players, guys on our own team, Julian [Edelman] obviously is going through it. I don't know what the prognosis is for [Rodgers], but it looked pretty major. It's tough, man. You never know which play. I missed 2008 and that was a real eye-opener [for me] because I went many seasons without being out of a game. I thought, 'This is the way it goes.' Then you finally miss a year and you're like, 'Oh my God, this is torture to sit there and watch.'"

The Packers confirmed the nature of Rodgers' injury as they were en route to a 23-10 defeat against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

As Brady said, he has been in Rodgers' shoes before. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game of the 2008 season. The Patriots missed the playoffs that year despite winning 11 games.

Brett Hundley went 18-of-33 for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in relief of Rodgers Sunday. He entered the game having thrown 11 regular-season passes since the start of 2016.

After Sunday's defeat, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Hundley will remain the starter.

"As far as the QB position, Brett Hundley is my quarterback, Joe Callahan is the backup," McCarthy said, per the team's official Twitter account. "That's the direction we're going. We're going to rally around this thing and put together a game plan to beat the Saints. I have confidence in [Hundley]."

When he replaced the injured Brady in 2008, Matt Cassel had 39 pass attempts in his first three years. Few expected much of Cassel, but he threw for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 touchdowns.

If the Packers are to reach the postseason for the ninth year in a row, Green Bay will need a similar breakout from Hundley. 

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