McCarthy: 'Week to week mindset' with Rodgers after fractured collarbone
Aaron Rodgers. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"I have a fractured collarbone."
With that, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said what reports had speculated since the moment he hurt his left shoulder during the Packers' loss to the Chicago Bears Monday night.
"We do know the collarbone is fractured. We still have not talked about or discussed any long-term prognosis," said Rodgers on ESPN Radio, describing it as a "significant injury."
"I'm in some pain. It's obviously disappointing what happened last night with the injury and the loss."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that the Packers were on a "week-to-week" mindset and confirmed "We don't have our hands around a timeline yet."
However, he added "I'm relieved. You talk to the doctors after the game, talk to Aaron...felt better talking to (him)...with the new information given today, everybody felt better about it."
Rodgers said "It's a difficult injury because there's not a specific type of rehab you can do...you have to wait for the bone to heal. I feel like I've been a quick healer in the past. I hope this is on the short end of the prognosis."
ESPN's Adam Schefter offered some more insight into a possible timeline.
More definitive scans today but initial tests showed small fracture in Aaron Rodgers' collarbone that could sideline him about three weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
But Packers do not want to make any determination until Aaron Rodgers undergoes more testing today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
Rodgers teared up when fans saw him come out of the tunnel in his sweatshirt during the second half. "The reception from the fans was pretty special," he told ESPN Radio.
"This is a next man up mentality for our team...we need to have faith in the next man up mentality."
McCarthy promised hard work going into this weekend's game against the Eagles.
“We’re on a short week. We have the Eagles coming in here. New staff; uncommon opponent,” McCarthy said on packers.com. “We didn’t play well enough. They (Bears) beat us.”