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Monday, October 27, 2014

Packers Injury Update: Aaron Rodgers injures hamstring

By on 10/27/2014 10:45:00 AM

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a hamstring injury in the second half of last night's 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Rodgers would initially stay in the game, but was benched in favor of backup Matt Flynn when the score had become out of reach for the Packers.

The good news for Rodgers and the Packers is that they have a very timely bye next week, as NFL insider Ian Rapoport points out. After the game, Rodgers was optimistic that the hamstring injury was nothing serious and that things would be business as usual after the bye week.

"I'm not going to miss any time," Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin. "If I felt it, then I had to back off a little bit. We had to do a little more in the shotgun but it wasn't a big deal, ultimately."

In the long term, it may not be a big deal. However, Rodgers was clearly not his usual self after he came up limping on a run out of bounds in the third quarter. A few plays later, Rodgers threw an interception where he only dropped back one-and-a-half steps rather than a traditional three or five-step dropback.

 According to Darrin Gant of Pro Football Talk, Rodgers' passer rating before the injury was 133.1. After the injury, his rating significantly dropped to 45.8. The hamstring limited Rodgers to playing within the pocket, which is not how he normally plays. Any elements of Rodgers scrambling or extending plays were gone from that point forward.

Rodgers definitely gave the Packer faithful a good scare last night. But he'll have some time to "relax" with the bye week and should be back under center for the Packers Week 10 primetime showdown with their NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears.

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