GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Monday night’s game with an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder before Bears backup Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes to give Chicago a 27-20 victory Monday night.
Rodgers hurt his left shoulder when he was sacked while scrambling to his right on a third-and-8 at the Bears’ 12 by defensive end Shea McClellin with 12:38 to go in the first quarter.
A trainer looked at Rodgers’ upper body on the bench. The 2011 NFL MVP took a few tosses on the sideline, then was attended to again before running inside Lambeau Stadium for tests. He was ruled out early in the second quarter. But he returned to the sideline in green Packers warmup gear, drawing cheers while giving a thumbs-up sign with his right hand while keeping his left hand in his pocket.
Rodgers hasn’t missed a game because of injury since Dec. 19, 2010, when he had a concussion.
A worst-case scenario for the Packers (5-3) came to fruition: backup Seneca Wallace had to take over at quarterback. Rodgers’ injury turned this high-profile matchup with the Bears (5-3) into the Battle of the Backups. McCown started for Jay Cutler, who was out with a groin injury.
And the Bears didn’t back down after giving McCown two weeks to prepare following a bye. He fared well in the first half, benefiting from Bears receivers gaining chunks of yards after catches.
It helped having a pair of tall receivers to throw to in 6-foot-4 Brandon Marshall and 6-3 Alshon Jeffery, a former South Carolina star. McCown and Jeffery connected for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:46 in the third to give the Bears its four-point lead in a topsy-turvy game.
McCown was 22 of 41 for 272 yards.
Chicago’s Matt Forte rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries. He also had five catches for 54 yards.