The Green Bay Packers’ worst fears were confirmed Friday. Hours after quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent successful surgery on his fractured collarbone, the team announced it’s placed him on injured reserve, thus ending his season.
There was a glimmer of hope that maybe Rodgers could get healthy and come back toward the end of the season. But the decision by the team Friday signals that’s no longer a possibility, and it’s quarterback Brett Hundley’s time to try and lead the team.
Rodgers suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He was tackled after passing a ball to Martellus Bennett and hit the ground hard, rolling on his shoulder. He laid on the ground in obvious pain for some time as team doctors tended to him. He was taken to the sideline and then carted to the locker room, where the severity of the injury was confirmed.
Rodgers had surgery on the collarbone Thursday and posted a post-procedure message to his Instagram account.
“Surgery went well,” Rodger wrote in the post. “Thanks for all the love, support, thoughts and prayers. #comebackstartsnow #riseagain”
The Packers will now be led by third-year player Brett Hundley, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of UCLA.