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Aaron Rodgers Carted Off vs. Vikings with Injury Diagnosed as Broken Collarbone

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2017

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with what has since been diagnosed as a broken collarbone.

The Packers confirmed the diagnosis after announcing Rodgers would not return to the game after initially being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the team feared Rodgers broke his collarbone.

Pelissero and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora shared details of how Rodgers got injured:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Aaron Rodgers took a hard hit from Anthony Barr and stayed down for a minute. Chirped at #Vikings defense while walking off with trainer.

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Aaron Rodgers has left the game. Took a direct blow that crumbled his arm and shoulder. Hundley is in the game. Wow

Rodgers hasn't missed time since 2013—when a fractured collarbone limited him to nine appearances.

Otherwise, he's played through minor ailments as he's operated as the stabilizing force for a Packers team that is perennially in the NFC North title conversation.

In five appearances coming into Sunday, Rodgers had completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

With Rodgers on the shelf, the Packers will have to pivot to third-year signal-caller Brett Hundley.

That figures to be an issue considering Hundley—who was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft—had attempted 11 passes as a pro before Sunday and has never seen meaningful game action.

The Packers have the playmakers necessary to make opposing secondaries pay, but it will be on Hundley to make some gutsy throws if he wants to keep the team's title aspirations alive.

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