Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the game and headed to the locker room in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Field. Rodgers, who has been battling a broken right thumb since early October, left tonight’s game with an oblique injury, the team announced.
Backup Jordan Love came on at quarterback in Rodgers’ absence and quickly made an impact, connecting with rookie receiver Christian Watson on a 63-yard touchdown, cutting the Packers’ deficit to 37-30. However, that wasn’t enough as the Packers (4-8) fell 40-33 to the Eagles (10-1).
Before leaving the game, Rodgers went 11 for 16 with 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rodgers did not have an injury designation for tonight’s game, but played with an avulsion fracture in his right thumb, according to NFL Media. The injury occurred on Oct. 9 in the Packers’ loss to the Giants, when New York defenseman Oshane Ximines hit the number 12 hand during a Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the game. .
Rodgers hasn’t missed a game because of the thumb and says he will continue to play despite the injury. For now, he says he is not considering surgery.
The former MVP has struggled a lot this season and tonight, the Packers offensive leader turning the ball around multiple times and trailing in double digits in the fourth quarter shows things aren’t getting much better. So far this year, he has seven interceptions, a 64.6 completion percentage.