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Eagles assuming no Rodgers for Pack: Now what?

The Eagles are pretty sure they won't face Aaron Rodgers this weekend after the Packers' star left Monday night's game with a collarbone injury. Backup Seneca Wallace has history with Eagles coordinators.

Eagles assuming no Rodgers for Pack: Now what?

Injured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely won´t play vs. the Eagles. (Morry Gash/AP)
Injured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely won't play vs. the Eagles. (Morry Gash/AP)

The Eagles' gameplanning for Sunday in Green Bay took an abrupt turn Monday night, when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers jogged to the locker room with what has been reported to be a likely small fracture to his left collarbone.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said Rodgers should miss about three weeks. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday he expects to see backup Seneca Wallace "or whoever else they choose to sign."

The favored Packers lost to the Bears 27-20 Monday night after losing Rodgers on the first series. Wallace, a journeyman who spent time with the Browns when both Davis and Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur were there, hadn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011 when Rodgers went down, and it showed. He finished 11 for 19 for 114 yards. Wallace took four sacks, threw an interception, and compiled a 53.4 passer rating. His longest completion went for 17 yards.

"I think the first thing that jumped out at me was they put a fullback in the game," with Wallace, Davis said. "With Aaron Rodgers it's really three wides and one back ... when Sencea went in there was more of a two-back feel to it. Still running the same offense."

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Wallace, 33, who also has played wide receiver,  began his NFL career with Mike Holmgren when Holmgren was in Seattle, and came to Cleveland when Holmgren was running the show ther. Davis said Wallace is "a coach-Holmgren-raised, West Coast offense (guy), so is Mike McCarthy. It's a high-efficiency offense that's really built for the quarterback to quickly distribute the ball, and they didn't come too far off of that" against the Bears.

Davis said the Bears didn't blitz much, but "their four-man pass rush kind of put a little pressure on Seneca."

Davis said the Packers still have excellent weapons, including running backs James Starks and Eddie Lacy, who ran for 190 yards on 28 carries against Chicago.

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Bill Davis said corner Bradley Fletcher, who suffered a pectoral injury Sunday at Oakland, hopes to play. Fletcher took the field for the early part of practice Tuesday, but the Eagles also filled their final roster spot with corner Curtis Marsh just in case. Tackle Jason Peters, who also suffered a pectoral injury at Oakland, also took the field. Wideout Riley Cooper felt ill and was sent home, the Eagles said.

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Pat Shurmur, asked about Nick Foles and knowing if you have a franchise quarterback, said: "You just keep playing. I think we'll all know eventually."

Shurmur also said of stuff like whether the Eagles should go forward with Foles or draft a QB in 2014, "those are discussions and decisions for the offseason."

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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