Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a hamstring injury during the third quarter of his team's 44-23 Week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 26. However, he said he's "not going to miss any time" despite the injury. Green Bay takes on the Chicago Bears in Week 10 after a bye week.
A hamstring injury won't stop Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Rodgers sustained a hamstring injury during the third quarter of the Packers' 44-23 Week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints. However, he told Vic Ketchman of the Packers' official website on Oct. 26 he is "not going to miss any time" despite the setback:
"A hamstring injury Aaron Rodgers sustained in the third quarter changed the personality of a game that was tied when the injury occurred, but slowly deteriorated into a 44-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday Night Football.
"'It definitely affected him. He was limited to playing in the pocket,' Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said of the injury Rodgers suffered as he ran for a first down that left the Packers first-and-goal from the Saints' 6-yard line, the score tied at 16-16.
"'It's obvious how we played after,' McCarthy added.
"Two plays after Rodgers was injured, a pass intended for Andrew Quarless in the end zone glanced off Quarless' hands and was intercepted. Four plays and 88 yards later, the Saints took a 23-16 lead.
"'I'm not going to miss any time,' Rodgers said when asked about the injury. The injury is significant enough that Rodgers limped into the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"Rodgers will have the bye week to rest and recover from the injury. It was the No. 1 topic of Rodgers' and McCarthy's postgame press conferences.
"Despite the injury, Rodgers finished the game, a positive sign for his recovery efforts.
"'Not any options. It was continue playing as long as I could hold up. I felt like I could still go,' Rodgers said.
"He finished the game having passed for 418 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 93.8 passer rating. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 311 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 138.4 passer rating.
"'I don't think they slowed us down at all. I don't think a lot of defense was played tonight,' McCarthy said.
"The Packers gained 491 yards; the Saints gained 495. It was another Packers-Saints shootout.
"'We were able to execute our game plan,' McCarthy said.
"What the Packers weren't able to do was score touchdowns. They stalled several times in the red zone.
"'Uncharacteristic of our team and of myself. It was just taking points off the board. Penalties and turnovers hurt us tonight, and kicking field goals,' Rodgers said.
"At 5-3, the Packers fell a game behind the (Detroit) Lions in the NFC North title race. The Lions rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat the Falcons, 22-21, in London on Sunday."
ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter Rob Demovsky also confirms Rodgers should be okay moving forward:
"Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he does not expect Rodgers to have any lingering issues by the time the Packers return to action on Nov. 9 against the Chicago Bears.
"'So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it,' McCarthy said.
"Rodgers did not come out of the game following the injury in the third quarter, but his mobility was limited. McCarthy put Rodgers in the shotgun almost exclusively to lessen the amount of movements his quarterback had to make. Rodgers finally came out of the game, not because of injury, but because of the nature of the blowout loss.
"Still, he threw for 418 yards, the second-highest total of his career.
"'Our medical policy [for remaining in Green Bay during the bye] is really based off of evaluation, finishing the game,' McCarthy said. 'So they're very confident where Aaron is today.'
"The Packers have several key players nursing injuries heading into the bye. Before Rodgers' injury on Sunday, they lost right guard T.J. Lang to a sprained ankle after the first drive. They also were missing three starters on defense -- safety Morgan Burnett (calf), cornerback Sam Shields (knee) and defensive end Datone Jones (ankle).
"'This is a great time for a bye for Aaron and T.J. and Morgan and Sam,' McCarthy said. 'So it will be good for us to get healthy.'"
Rodgers has thrown for 26,289 yards, 207 touchdowns and 55 interceptions on a 105.6 passer rating in 102 regular-season games for the Green Bay Packers, per ESPN stats.
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