Broken collarbone could end season for Packers star Rodgers

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Chicago (AFP)

In a major setback for a Super Bowl championship contender, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone Sunday and could miss the remainder of the NFL season.

The 33-year-old signal caller, whose 13 touchdown passes this season shared the league lead, suffered the injury in the opening quarter of the Packers' game at Minnesota.

Rodgers was hurt after taking a hard hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and falling upon his throwing shoulder. X-rays showed the extent of the damage.

"QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. There's a chance he could miss the rest of the season," stated a Twitter posting from the Packers.

Rodgers missed seven games in 2013 after suffering a broken left collarbone.

Running to his right on a second down play from Green Bay's 39-yard line, Rogers was struck by Barr after tossing an incomplete pass, landing on his throwing arm.

Trainers treated him as he remained on the turf but he rose and walked off, exchanging words with several Minnesota defenders as he departed.

Rodgers, who completed 2-of-4 throws for 18 yards before the injury, had completed two-thirds of his passes this season for 1,367 yards entering the contest.

Last week, he rallied the Packers to a dramatic victory against Dallas as Green Bay improved to 4-1, the NFL's second-best record, trailing only unbeaten Kansas City.

Rodgers was the Super Bowl 45 Most Valuable Player in 2011 as he led the Packers to a 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh for the NFL title, their first in 14 seasons.