Aaron Rodgers returns to game after knee injury


The Bears didn't have an answer for Aaron Rodgers, as has so frequently been the case in the last dozen years, as their quarterbacking nemesis led a massive second-half comeback to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 24-23 win Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Rodgers went down with an apparent injury to his knee in the second quarter of the Packers' Sunday night game against the Chicago Bears.

Sunday marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rodgers was injured when Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris seemed to fall on his left knee after a second-quarter sack. The Packers listed him as questionable at halftime, but minutes later he was back on the field throwing warmup tosses.

The Bears had taken a 10-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions on Trubisky's 2-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and Parkey's 26-yard field goal on the first play of the second period.

Meanwhile, Chicago's defense blanked Green Bay 17-0 in the first half. His complete domination of the Green Bay offense has managed to make Oakland's decision to trade Mack look even worse than it did when the deal first occurred.

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But after the break, the two teams switched roles and Rodgers did what only a player of his caliber can do. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky and coach Matt Nagy will be blamed for the loss, but the Bears' defense broke down after Rodgers returned in the second half.

It was a major scare for the Packers that turned into a major comeback. "We've got to put more pressure on the quarterback".

After almost 10 minutes in the sideline examination tent, the team's medical staff carted Rodgers to the locker room midway through the second quarter of the season opener against the Bears.

"No, I'm planning on playing", Rodgers said.

Backup DeShone Kizer replaced Rodgers on Green Bay's next drive.

Rookie Oren Burks is out for the Packers' opener against the Chicago Bears, meaning either the recently acquired Antonio Morrison or Korey Toomer will start in his place at inside linebacker. "He came back and definitely put them in position to win".