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Rodgers hurt, Packers lead Bears 10-7 after 1st
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 11/4/2013  at  8:43:26 PM
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder before the Green Bay Packers took a 10-7 lead in the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown run by James Starks.

Rodgers hurt his left shoulder when he was sacked while scrambling to his right on a third-and-8 by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin with 12:38 to go in the quarter.

A trainer looked at Rodgers' upper body on the bench. Rodgers took a few tosses on the sideline, then was attended to again before running inside Lambeau Stadium for tests. The team said his return was questionable.

Rodgers hasn't missed a game because of injury since Dec. 19, 2010, when he had a concussion.

A worst-case scenario for Packers' fans then came to fruition: backup Seneca Wallace took over at quarterback. Rogers' injury turned this high-profile matchup with the Bears into the Battle of the Backups. Josh McCown started for Jay Cutler, who was out with a groin injury.

Luckily for the Packers, they have a running game now, too. Starks darted up the middle for his touchdown with 3:45 left, one play after a lunging Jamari Lattimore blocked a punt by Adam Podlesh that was recovered by Chris Banjo at the Bears 32.

The score for a moment, at least, erased the fans' worries after a short pass by Wallace was tipped by Julius Peppers. The defensive end then jumped again and tipped the ball, as if going for a rebound, before gaining control and returning it 14 yards to Packers 45.

That momentum was erased four plays later by the blocked punt and Starks' touchdown run.

Chicago scored when McCown connected with Brandon Marshall for a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 lead on the possession after Rodgers got hurt. The Packers settled for a 30-yard field goal on that drive.

Wallace hadn't played in a game since Jan. 1, 2012, when he was with the Browns - a 13-9 loss to the Steelers.

Until Rodgers left, the Packers were getting good news on the injury front. Receiver James Jones was active Monday after missing two games with a knee injury, and linebacker Brad Jones returned after missing three games with a sore hamstring.

The offense is already out receiver Randall Cobb (leg) and tight end Jermichael Finley (neck). Chicago was just as hamstrung, playing without linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder).

It was the 187th meeting of the league's oldest rivalry, which dates back to 1921.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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