Oct 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is carted off the field during the first quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

NFL Stars Fall To Injuries

Week 6 of the NFL season saw several big-name players sustain injuries, including Aaron Rodgers, Leonard Fournette and Jameis Winston.

Rodgers Breaks Collarbone

Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone Sunday afternoon, after taking a hard hit in the first quarter from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers was able to walk off the field under his own power, after being in visible pain from the play. He was diagnosed with a broken collarbone and could miss the remainder of the season. Rodgers was was replaced by Brett Hundley, who completed 18 of 33 pass attempts for 157 yards along with one touchdown and three interceptions. The Packers fell to the Vikings 23-10 and are now 4-2 on the season. Green Bay now faces a tough challenge in dealing with life without Aaron Rodgers. Packers’ LB Clay Matthews said that the loss of Rodgers is “disheartening” for the team.

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said that while the injury hurts, the team must move forward without their leader.

Fournette leaves game with injury scare

Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette exited the game on Sunday, after apparently twisting his ankle on a non-contact injury in the fourth quarter against the LA Rams. Fournette appeared to have also hyper-extended his knee on the play and many were expecting the injury to be more serious than reported due to the injury being non-contact.

Fournette was listed as “questionable” to return. The team announced shortly after the injury that Fournette would return to the game on the next offensive possession, but the RB did not return due to the flow of the game. Fournette is expected to play in Week 7.

Winston hurts shoulder in loss

Jameis Winston left in the second quarter of the Buccaneers-Cardinals game after landing on his throwing shoulder after a hard hit from Chandler Jones. Winston was quickly ruled as “doubtful” and did not return to the game. Winston’s X-rays came back negative and the QB is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game due to Winston’s injury and threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Fitzpatrick almost led a Tampa Bay comeback despite having entered the game with the Bucs down 24-0.

Other NFL injuries

Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter after a low hit by Landon Collins. Sanders’ status going forward is up in the air.

Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals exited with a fourth quarter injury on Sunday. The team listed his status as “questionable.”

Chiefs’ receiver Tyreek Hill sustained a big hit in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 19-13 loss to Pittsburgh. Head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Hill is in the concussion protocol.

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