Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Sunday night’s 40-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter with what the team called an oblique injury, though Rodgers clarified after the game that the injury is actually to his ribs.
Rodgers, 38, noted it was “hard to tell on the X-ray” whether he has broken ribs, but said he does not have a punctured lung.
Rodgers had just led a drive that culminated in a Packers field goal to cut the Eagles’ lead to 34-23 with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter. He appeared to be in some discomfort on the drive and subsequently jogged to the locker room with several members of the team’s medical staff.
Rodgers explained after the game that he was “having a hard time breathing and rotating my upper body.”
Earlier this week, Rodgers revealed that the thumb injury he has been playing with since Week 5 is actually a broken bone. But he had no sign of any injury to his midsection until the second half Sunday. To that point, the Eagles had five quarterback hits on Rodgers, including three sacks. The third sack came on the opening drive of the third quarter. Rodgers played one more series before he went to the locker room for an examination.
Rodgers had completed 11 of 16 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns before he left the field. He also threw two first-half interceptions for the second time in four weeks; he also had two in the first half of Green Bay’s Week 9 loss at Detroit. It upped his interception total for the season to nine, already the most he’s thrown in a season since 2010 (when he had 11).
Jordan Love, the Packers’ 2020 first-round pick and possible heir apparent to Rodgers, entered the game with 11:11 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Packers trailing 37-23. Love promptly threw a 63-yard, catch-and-run touchdown with 9:00 left to make it a one-score game.
Love finished 6-of-9 passing for 113 yards and the score. Both of his possessions resulted in points for Green Bay.