GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers now has an injured right calf to go along with his ailing left hamstring.
And the former might have something to do with the latter.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback said he hurt his lower right leg on the third play of Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field, and he believes it may have been because he has been compensating for the hamstring injury that occurred two weeks earlier.
On the play against the Seahawks, Rodgers rolled to his right and threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams.
When asked what happened on the play in which he was injured, he said with a smile: “I threw a touchdown pass, and my calf started hurting me.”
Rodgers said it was too early to tell if this calf injury is as bad as the left calf strain he suffered late in the 2014 season.
“It’s hard to tell; it just happened a few hours ago,” Rodgers said. “So I’ll give you a better update on Wednesday.”
With the game comfortably in hand, Packers coach Mike McCarthy pulled Rodgers early in the fourth quarter, and backup Brett Hundley finished the game. Rodgers completed 18 of 23 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Well, we’re up four scores, there wasn’t a discussion,” Rodgers said. “They just came to me and told me they were making a change, and I wasn’t going to fight ’em based on how I was feeling.”
McCarthy said his decision was both score- and injury-related.
“I didn’t want to take any chances with him from a physical standpoint, but the game was out of hand,” McCarthy said.
Rodgers seemed to be in a good mood after the game. When asked what he thought of the Packers’ playoff chances, he replied, “I’d say strong to quite strong,” even though they’re still two games back in the NFC North with three to play.
The Packers (7-6) also lost tight end Jared Cook to a chest injury in the first half. He did not return, but it was not immediately clear if Cook’s season is in jeopardy.