The Green Bay Packers lose their most valuable player.
The playoff hopes of Green Bay Packer fans were dealt a severe blow Sunday afternoon, when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury partway through today's game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was carted off the field and into the Packers' locker room, with the tam officially calling it a "right shoulder injury." Speculation was rampant for a while that he might have a separated shoulder on his throwing side, but confirmation from the Packers' official Twitter account came soon after with the devastating news that he had suffered a broken collarbone and could miss the rest of the regular reason.
Here’s the hit on Aaron Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/1QQbDlajXL— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) October 15, 2017
QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. There's a chance he could miss the rest of the season.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 15, 2017
The memes were definitely being posted with a fervor rarely seen among NFL fans, with the overarching theme being that anyone who loves their NFL football and/or their fantasy team because of Rodgers was sure to shed a few tears upon hearing this news.
And now Rodgers is being carted off :( pic.twitter.com/j08VpgHkaH— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 15, 2017
Everyone with Aaron Rodgers on their fantasy teams right now. pic.twitter.com/gFNxYb3jbv— Marcas Grant (@MarcasG) October 15, 2017
Kaepernick: "I'm filing a grievance against NFL owners for collu--"— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 15, 2017
*Finds out Aaron Rodgers may be out for season*
Every Dallas Cowboys fan when they heard Aaron Rodgers is done for the season. pic.twitter.com/VageOtz7Kw— Kenny Strickland (@Kdstrickland8) October 15, 2017
There was also the consensus from players and other celebrities that the loss of Green Bay's all-world quarterback would make the league's problem of a lack of qualified players taking snaps behind the center even more noticeable. There's no doubt that those who have missed strong QB play this season will take this injury news badly as well.
Damn I hope @AaronRodgers12 is ok! The league is better when he’s healthy. Praying for you.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 15, 2017
If the league loses Aaron Rodgers just throw the entire NFL season in rice.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) October 15, 2017
Rivalries aside, the NFL already has a QB problem, Rodgers makes it even worse. Time for Mitch to step up for the nation of football fans— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 15, 2017
According ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft, this series of events led to the first time Rodgers had missed a snap during the first three quarters of a football game since 2014. The immediate returns for backup QB Brett Hundley weren't promising, as he threw an interception to Vikings’ cornerback Xavier Rhodes, which led to Minnesota touchdown drive going the other way. Hopefully Rodgers has a speedy recovery and can get back on the field with the Packers as soon as possible.
This is the first time that Aaron Rodgers has missed a snap during the first three quarters of a game since 2014... https://t.co/c2NGkdczLz— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) October 15, 2017