The Green Bay Packers entered Washington as one of the most injury-riddled teams in the NFL. Having lost starting running back Ryan Grant, linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar, and rookie starting safety Morgan Burnett, the Packers could ill afford to be hit with the injury bug again.
Unfortunately for all Packers fans, their worst nightmare might have come true.
ESPNMilwaukee.com's Jason Wilde reports that on the last offensive play for the Packers, Rodgers was hit in helmet to helmet fashion by Washington's Jeremy Jarmon.
The Packers rely very heavily on Rodgers, a 2009 Pro Bowler and now third year starter for Green Bay.
Could the Packers stand to lose their MVP worthy player, this early into the season, for who knows how long? Concussions are a tricky thing, and since the NFL has really stepped up their emphasis on care for players who show signs of concussion, Rodgers could miss next week or a few games.
The Packers would then turn to second string option Matt Flynn, who has impressed the team and fans in his previous two preseasons.
Also injured during the Washington game were tight ends Donald Lee and NFC yardage leader (for tight ends) Jermichael Finley and team sack leader Clay Matthews.
If the Packers have lost Rodgers, Finley, and Matthews for any length of time, they could legitimately expect to fall out of playoff contention.
Quite the fall from Super Bowl preseason expectations and predictions.
After a loss to the Chicago Bears, many people in the NFL-covering media jumped off their bandwagon.
Rodgers, who is with out a doubt the best quarterback on the roster, would leave a massive void to fill, and it's unclear if Flynn would be as able to step into that role.
The Packers have a tough schedule ahead as well, so losing Rodgers and Finley would make their upcoming games that much more difficult.
Without Rodgers, the Packers could easily go 1-3 in that stretch.
It's very early, and new information may come out about Rodgers' concussion and how severe it is, but for now, all of America's Dairyland must be holding their breath.
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