The Packers injury problems continued to get worse on Sunday as they lost more than a game against Minnesota.
For the first time all year, the Packers would have both of their starting tackles in the game with David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga both good to go against the Vikings. Unfortunately for Green Bay the biggest injury came outside of the pocket created by the Packers offensive line.
While rolling out on Green Bay’s second drive of the game quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hit by Anthony Barr, causing Rodgers to hit his shoulder on the turf. During that play Rodgers suffered what later would be announced as a broken collar bone, an injury that has a “chance” to cause him to miss the remainder of the season according to the Packers.
Brett Hundley took over from there in place of Rodgers. Hundley finished the game with 157 yards passing and a touchdown, but also an interception.
Turnovers kept the Packers in the game early on. All ten of their points came off Minnesota miscues in the first half. Starting with a forced fumble by Kenny Clark that Clay Matthews returned 67 yards to set up a touchdown. Then Blake Martinez tipped a Case Keenum pass right into the hands of Damarious Randall.
Ultimately the Packers offense wasn’t able to get going beyond taking advantage of those turnovers.
Meanwhile, the injury bug continued to bite Green Bay with both Bakhtiari (hamstring), Bulaga (concssion), and Lane Taylor (ankle) left head coach Mike McCarthy with a patch-work offensive line.
The defensive side of the ball had their own injury problems as well. With Morgan Burnett, Kevin King, and Davon House already out to start the game, the secondary took another hit when Quinten Rollins left with an ankle injury.
The Vikings offense was able to do enough on Sunday afternoon. Keenum threw for 239 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile running back Jerick McKinnon proved to be a dual threat against the Packers with both a receiving and rushing touchdown in Minnesota’s 23-10 victory over Green Bay.