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Packers place Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve following collarbone surgery

The Packers made the logical move one day after Rodgers underwent surgery.

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One day after Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on his broken collarbone, the Green Bay Packers have placed him on injured reserve.

Late Thursday night, Rodgers announced on social media that his surgery "went well" and thanked fans for the outpouring of support. Packers Head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the week that any decision on his roster spot would wait until after his surgery. With that out of the way, the team moved forward and placed him on IR to free up a roster spot.

Rodgers missed only seven games the last time he broke his collarbone, returning for the season finale to win the NFC North crown in stunning last-minute fashion. However, that injury affected his left, non-throwing shoulder. In this instance, Rodgers fractured his right clavicle, an injury from which he likely requires more time to heal and rebuild strength.

With Rodgers now on IR, he can return to the 53-man roster after eight weeks have elapsed. He can begin practicing in as few as six weeks. In a best-case scenario, he could take the field for Week 15's tilt with the Carolina Panthers.

However, given how the Packers have portrayed Rodgers' injury, he could require more time before returning to the field, perhaps missing the rest of the season.