Packers QB Aaron Rodgers injures hamstring vs. Saints
With 9 minutes and 12 seconds left in the third quarter, Rodgers scrambled to his right and ran for a seven-yard gain but pulled up lame at the end of the play.
He played the rest of the game but was clearly limited due to the injury, and the Packers had to change some aspects of their offense to compensate for Rodgers's limited ability.
Still, Rodgers said at his press conference after the game he wouldn't miss any time due to the injury. The Packers have a bye next week before hosting the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9. Rodgers missed seven games last year with a broken collarbone.
"If it would’ve been real detrimental to my health for the season I probably would’ve told Coach to take me out, but I felt like I could still go," Rodgers said.
"I think it was obvious just the way we played from that point on," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "We kept him in the gun, and really our whole play-action, QB movement package was gone. ... I thought he played smart, didn't really open it up and put himself in jeopardy for future injury, further injury."
Rodgers later ran for a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 44-23 loss. For the game, Rodgers went 28-for-39 for a season-high 418 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Rodgers is fourth in the NFL with 19 touchdown passes. He has thrown just three interceptions this season, and all have come off passes that have been deflected by receivers. His quarterback rating of 113.6 is second in the league behind the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning.
The Packers' loss lowered their record to 5-3 and dropped them to second place in the NFC North.
- Ben Estes