Surviving without Rodgers would be tough

November, 4, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers survived without receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones and without tight end Jermichael Finley.

They did so because of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

He turned second-year pro Jarrett Boykin into a 100-yard receiver in his first career start against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 20. He turned rookie Myles White into a serviceable No. 3 receiver, who caught five passes on Oct. 27 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Those same receivers won’t look as good with Seneca Wallace or any other available backup the Packers might have to bring in if Rodgers' injury -- announced by the Packers as a left shoulder injury -- that knocked him out in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears is serious.

If there was ever a debate about whether the quarterback makes the receiver or the receiver makes the quarterback, this should end that. Rodgers is special, and he made players around him better.

If Rodgers misses any significant time, the Packers' playoff chances will be in jeopardy.

Maybe Wallace would perform better with a full week of preparation. After all, Matt Flynn was ineffective during a 2010 relief appearance at Detroit after Rodgers left with a concussion, but a week later he nearly led the Packers to a victory at the New England Patriots.

Flynn, by the way, was released on Monday by the Buffalo Bills. He would be subject to waivers, like all players who are released after the trade deadline.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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