Aaron Rodgers’ Pain Goes Beyond Physical

For Aaron Rodgers, the lack of feeling in a few fingers was the least of his concerns following the Packers' shocking loss to the Bears.

Aaron Rodgers’ funny bone was no laughing matter.

During the third quarter of Green Bay’s loss to Chicago, the Packers’ quarterback chased down an errant shotgun snap and was tackled by Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston. He immediately clutched his left hand as he jogged off the field and backup quarterback Scott Tolzien immediately grabbed his helmet and began to warm up.

“I lost feeling in my hand for a good portion of the game there in the third quarter, fourth quarter,” Rodgers said.

“I’m waiting to get it back in a couple fingers,” he added. “But it’s OK in the first three.”

Ultimately, Rodgers didn’t miss any time – a 15-play drive by the Bears gave Rodgers some time to recover -- but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent. During his first series back, Rodgers used his right hand for an awkward-looking, back-handed handoff to running back Eddie Lacy.

“Yeah, I work on that in practice sometimes for a situation like that,” Lacy said.

Rodgers said he had no doubt that he’d be ready for Thursday night’s game at Detroit.

“It’s my left hand,” Rodgers said.

Coach Mike McCarthy called Rodgers a “tough son of a gun.”

More painful than his hand was the latest defeat – the fourth in five games and the second in a row to what was, on paper, an inferior divisional opponent.

Against the Bears, Rodgers was 22-of-43 for 202 yards – a meager 4.7 yards per attempt. There were two awful drops by receiver Davante Adams, who caught 2-of-11 passes – a potential 47-yard touchdown on the second series and a receiver screen in the third quarter. Fellow receiver James Jones didn’t catch any of the six passes thrown his way, including a third-and-goal pass on the final possession that Jones himself called a drop. Green Bay went 0-for-2 in the red zone with two turnovers.

“It’s hard to compare. It’s so fresh here after another tough loss at home,” Rodgers said. “Disappointing, a lot of chances, had the ball there on the 1 (in the second quarter) and had a pass-interference penalty that took us back; we had a screen pass (to James Starks) that looked like it was going to be a walk-in touchdown that we didn’t convert on the same drive (and) settled for a field goal. (In the third quarter), I run for a first down, we have a holding call, we’re still in field-goal range, we have the snap issue, took points off the board. The second-to-last drive, we’re moving the ball – interception. And then the last drive, we had a chance. We had a lot of chances for points. This is on us. We had the opportunities to win this game. We didn’t do it.”

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