Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out.
The 2011 NFL MVP explained the injury on his weekly radio show, saying he got hurt when he was sacked by the Bears’ Shea McClellin on the first series in a 27-20 loss Monday night.
McClellin got Rodgers on a third-down play while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder. The sliver of good news: Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicated that the injury won’t end Rodgers’s season.
So in steps Seneca Wallace to take over the offense when the Eagles visit on Sunday. Wallace was signed before the week of the season opener after Green Bay jettisoned three other backups.
Wallace was ineffective in relief in the loss against the Bears, finishing 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception. It was his first game since Jan. 1, 2012.
The Bears won the game, with their own backup quarterback.
Josh McCown, playing in place of injured Jay Cutler, went 22 for 41 for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a victory that ended a six-game skid against the Packers.
NFLPA eyes bullying
The NFL Players Association said it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Dolphins harassment case, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.
The league is investigating the relationship Incognito had with Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week because of emotional issues. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.
‘‘As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved,’’ the union said in a statement that included no condemnation of Incognito’s conduct.
Instead, the union said accountability rested with the Dolphins.
‘‘We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players, and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples,’’ the union said. ‘‘It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs . . . accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.”
Coach out of hospital
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke, but there’s no word on when he will resume coaching duties. The team said Kubiak, 52, suffered a transient ischemic attack at halftime of Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and he said he is expected to make a full recovery . . . A clean-cut Aldon Smith returned to the 49ers’ locker room to cheers from teammates who chanted his first name. The return of the All-Pro linebacker following a five-week stint in rehab included a verbal commitment to the NFL that he would stay out of trouble and keep clean. Smith had been on an indefinite paid leave of absence before being activated to the 53-man roster Thursday, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities on weapons charges.
The Vikings have a long list of injured starters and not much time before their next game. With tight end Kyle Rudolph expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken left foot, coach Leslie Frazier said right tackle Phil Loadholt will miss Thursday’s game against the Redskins because of a concussion . . . Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said defensive end DeMarcus Ware is likely to return after missing the first three games of his nine-year career with a thigh injury . . . Veteran offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner returned for a third stint with the Panthers. The move came after Jeff Byers became the fourth Carolina guard to be placed on injured reserve. The Panthers play in San Francisco on Sunday, before hosting the Patriots on Nov. 18 . . . The Broncos activated center J.D. Walton and placed guard John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list. Moffitt, a third-year pro, didn’t return from the team’s bye week Monday. On Tuesday, he said he'd lost his love for the game and didn’t want to keep playing just for a paycheck. Moffitt also told the radio station he was thinking about his long-term health, saying, ‘‘scientists do know that hits to the head do deteriorate your brain,’’ and that wasn’t a risk he was willing to take any longer. ‘‘I still love football,’’ Moffitt said. ‘‘I just don’t love doing it.’’