Bears to Face Wounded Packers Squad

RB Samkon Gado will miss the remaining two games of the season after sustaining a torn medial-collateral ligament in his right knee during the 48-3 loss at Baltimore on Monday night.

Gado suffered the injury late in the first quarter. He was off to a strong start with 45 yards in six carries.

"I was never in a lot of pain," Gado said after the game. "But, as it progressed through the night, it just got worse, and my mobility is just pretty much down.

Gado is the sixth Packers running back to be felled by injury this season. Starter Ahman Green and top backup Najeh Davenport suffered season-ending injuries in October.

Gado, an undrafted free agent who had been signed to the practice squad in mid-October, was elevated to the lead role in early November. He responded with three 100-yard performances in five games before Monday.

Third-down specialist Tony Fisher and rookie Noah Herron are the only other running backs on the roster.

  • Because of the lopsided nature of the game Monday, rookie QB Aaron Rodgers received extensive playing time.

    Rodgers relieved Brett Favre late in the third quarter with the Ravens ahead 34-3. Rodgers, though, had a rough go of it.

    He turned the ball over in three of his first four possessions, including two fumbles as he was hit in the pocket. The latter miscue resulted in a 35-yard touchdown return by linebacker Adalius Thomas to cap the scoring in the waning seconds.

    Rodgers finished 8-of-15 throwing for 65 yards with a passer rating of 36.8.

    "I would have liked to have been a little more productive out there," Rodgers said. "I feel like I made some good throws. But, at the same time, I made some mistakes out there. If you're making excuses, you could chalk it up to being a rookie. But, I don't accept excuses. I expect myself to be perfect when I'm out there."

    It was only the second appearance of the season for Rodgers. He handled mop-up duty in the fourth quarter of the 52-3 rout of New Orleans on Oct. 9, completing his only pass for no gain.

    In his second series Monday, Rodgers directed the offense to the Ravens' 6-yard line. However, a loss on a running play and a delay-of-game penalty moved the ball back to the 13 for third-and-goal. Rodgers subsequently forced a throw into triple coverage in the end zone, and safety Chad Williams intercepted it.

    "He did some nice things, at times," coach Mike Sherman said. "Obviously, a couple of turnovers. He got hit from the blind side on two occasions, and that shouldn't have happened. But, it did."

  • TE Bubba Franks was deactivated Monday for the second straight game because of lingering soreness in his neck and back, stemming from a hit by Chicago's Lance Briggs on Dec. 4. Franks' status for the last two games hasn't been determined. David Martin started in Franks' place.

  • OLB Robert Thomas was sidelined for the fourth time in the last five games because of a strained quadriceps. Rookie Roy Manning filled Thomas' spot on the weak side, making his third start of the season.

  • OLB Paris Lenon didn't play in the second half after injuring his left hand. X-rays taken at the stadium were negative. Lenon was playing his second straight game with a cast on a broken right index finger, which he sustained Dec. 4. Na'il Diggs replaced Lenon for the rest of the game at the strong-side position.

  • RG Will Whitticker was held out the entire second half after he sustained a concussion late in the first half. Grey Ruegamer finished the game in Whitticker's place.

  • LG Scott Wells hurt his left kneecap early in the fourth quarter and didn't return. Adrian Klemm, the former starter at the position, worked there for the rest of the game.

  • CB Mike Hawkins aggravated an injury to his right knee in the first half. The nickel back didn't play the remainder of the game and was replaced by rookie Jerron Wishom.

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