Rodgers knocked out with concussion, Pack loses to LionsWisconsin Sports
-- Aaron Rodgers’ playing status is uncertain, after he suffered his second concussion of the year.
DETROIT - Aaron Rodgers’ playing status is uncertain, after he suffered his second concussion of the year.
The Green Bay quarterback was hurt just before halftime in yesterday's 7-3 Packer loss at Detroit. Rodgers’ head bounced off the turf at the end of a run. He finished the drive, but did not return.
A pair of third stringers hooked up for the Lions’ only score. Drew Stanton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Heller midway through the fourth quarter. It brought an end to Detroit's five-game losing streak, a 10-game losing string to the Packers, and a 19-game losing streak to teams in the NFC North Division.
Rodgers completed 7-of-11 passes for 46 yards and his first interception in 182 throws -- and he was the Packers' leading rusher with 25 yards on his two scampers. Rodgers' replacement, Matt Flynn, completed 15-of-26 for 177 yards and a pick.
The Lions improved to 3-10. The Packers dropped to 8-5. But they're still only a game behind Chicago in the NFC North, after the Bears got pounded by New England in the snow at Soldier Field 36-7. Green Bay plays at New England next Sunday night. And Rodgers will have to pass stringent mental tests before he can play.
The Packers and Lions had a scoreless first half, the first in the NFL this season. Mason Crosby booted a 42-yard field goal in the first drive of the second half to give Green Bay its only points. Later in the third quarter, Flynn threw an interception in the end zone to former Wisconsin Badger and Milwaukee native DeAndre Levy that could have put the game away for the Packers. Stanton had a zero passer rating at one point in the second half. He ended up at 39-point-four with 10-of-22 completions for 117 yards, his TD, and two picks.
The Packers converted only 2-of-12 third downs, but the Lions weren't much better with 3-of-15. Green Bay only had 66 rushing yards to Detroit's 190. Brandon Jackson had seven carries for 19 yards. Rookie tight end Andrew Quarless was the Pack's leading receiver with five catches for 62 yards. Maurice Morris had 11 carries for 51 yards for Detroit.
Landon Johnson, whose hit gave Rodgers his concussion, was later carted off the field with a neck injury after tackling Quarless on the first play of the second half. Johnson had movement in his extremities while in the locker room.