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Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers to have surgery on collarbone

Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken collarbone “in the near future,” Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

The quarterback’s season “potentially could be over,” McCarthy said, but the Packers won’t make a final decision until after the procedure. In the meantime, the team is not interested in bringing in a veteran quarterback.

Brett Hundley replaced Rodgers in a 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Quarterback Joe Callahan was promoted from the practice squad on Monday.

“The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be,” McCarthy said. “We’re committed to the path we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”

Rodgers broke his right collarbone when Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit him in the first quarter Sunday. The quarterback was rolling out to his right with Barr pressuring him. As Rodgers threw, Barr hit him in the midsection and drove Rodgers into the turf on his shoulder.

McCarthy took issue with Barr’s hit.

“He’s out of the pocket, he’s clearly expecting to get hit, but to pin him to the ground like that, I think was an illegal act,” McCarthy said Monday. “I didn’t like the hit. It was totally unnecessary.”

After Sunday’s game, the mood in the Packers’ locker room was somber.

“It’s devastating, no question about it,” receiver Randall Cobb said. “First and foremost, it’s one of my closest friends, so to see him go down with that, it’s tough. But we’ve still got to play football. We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do.”

Rodgers missed seven starts in 2013 when he broke his left collarbone; he did not have surgery for that injury. This time he is expected to be out longer because his throwing shoulder is injured.

The Packers (4-2) will play host to the New Orleans Saints (3-2) on Sunday.

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