Aaron Rodgers Season Ending Injury Threatens Packers Season

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NFL job security is an oxymoron if ever there was one, as evidenced by the broken collarbone injury sustained by league superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who broke his right collarbone in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers may be out for the season, although he could possibly be back in the Green Bay Packers can figure out a way to get to the playoffs of the 2017 – 2018 NFL season.

Breen Bay has picked up rookie Jerod Evans, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles back in May, before Philly placed him on injured reserve, and then released him.

Evans was a standout quarterback during his school days at Virginia Tech. He started all 14 games for the Hokies in 2016, where his statistics were quite impressive. He threw for over 3500 yards and 29 touchdowns, rushed for almost 1000 yards, and scored 12 TDs running the ball.

That he was undrafted out of college gives some indication of the level of competition in the NFL, where hundreds of capable candidates vie for 32 starting roles.

Evans is now on the Packers’ practice squad. Brett Hundley has taken over the starting role for Rodgers, with third-stringer Joe Callahan moved up to support Hundley.

The Packers play in the tough NFC North Division, where the Vikings and the Detroit Lions are playing strongly through the first six games of the season.

The Packers have been living off Rodgers for the past several seasons or longer. They no longer have the rushing attack they once did when Eddie Lacey handled the running duties. Collectively, the Packers’ running backs have a 4.0 yards per carry average, which is respectable, but their longest running play belongs to Aaron Jones, whose 22-yarder is the closest the run game has come to producing a big play.

For perspective, the entire running game of the Packers has produced less total yardage than that of one player, Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers.