Rodgers sent to hospital

QB taken via ambulance for concussion testing

Mike Clemens
December 31, 2018 - 2:35 am

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Green Bay, WI - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion in the Packers 31 - 0 loss to the Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday. 

It's the third concussion for Rodgers since the 2010 season.

Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin said after the game he was not exactly sure when the injury to Rodgers occurred. 

Philbin jokingly said he went to Rodgers on the sideline to apologize "for calling a bad play on 2nd and 10" after he was sacked for minus 12 yards on the Packers second offensive play of the game. Rodgers helmet went flying off his head as he was tackled by the Lions 6-foot-1 238lbs. middle linebacker Jarrad Davis at the Green Bay 9 yard line. 

Rodgers played in two more brief offensive series in the first quarter, before being replaced by back-up quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Center Corey Linsley said that when Rodgers was informed he was being escorted to the locker room for further evaluation for a concussion, "he became very emotional." Rodgers went over to the bench to speak to his offensive teammates apparently deeply disappointed his time in the game was over. "He wanted to be with his boys. I think it shows just how much he wanted to play for his teammates and how much character he has," said Linsley at his locker after the game. 

WFRV-TV, Green Bay reporter Ryan Rodig reported that Rodgers was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for further testing of his concussion symptoms. Rodgers was later spotted briefly in the Packers facility after the game had concluded. 

Because Rodgers was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, he was unavailable for any comments after the game, a common practice for all players if they have suffered a concussion.

Rodgers, 35, once suffered a concussion against the Lions in Detroit when he was hit in the helmet trying to slide after a run up the middle. He missed a start and was replaced by Matt Flynn during the 2010 season. Rodgers suffered two concussions that year.  READ MORE

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