>>Packers' Rodgers To Have Surgery on Collarbone; McCarthy Rips Hit
Mike McCarthy says star QB Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone. The rest of Rodgers' season is in jeopardy.
Rodgers landed on his throwing shoulder after being taken down by linebacker Anthony Barr during an incompletion on the second drive for the Packers in the 23-10 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Backup Brett Hundley is now the starting quarterback. A fifth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2015, Hundley went 18 of 33 for 157 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in relief of Rodgers.
The Packers promoted third-stringer Joe Callahan from the practice squad to back up Hundley, placing cornerback Quinten Rollins on injured reserve with an ankle injury to open up a roster spot.
McCarthy said the team's personnel department is looking at some free agent quarterbacks as a way to help in practice.
But do not expect the Packers to bring in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick .
"He's clearly expecting to get hit. To pin him to the ground like that, I felt it was an illegal act," McCarthy said.
"To sit here and lose any of your players on something like that, it doesn't feel very good," the coach added.
"Yeah, I didn't like the hit. It was unnecessary. Legal, or whatever you want to put it at, but it was totally unnecessary, in my opinion."
In Minnesota, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he didn't know why there was scrutiny on the hit. He said he had not spoken to Barr about the play.
>>Forced Turnovers For Bears Welcomed Trend
Before Sunday, interceptions had been harder to come by this season for the Chicago Bears than victories.
Now 2-4, the Bears hope they can climb among the NFC North leaders by starting a trend after producing two interceptions and three turnovers overall in Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
The interceptions, in particular, had been a problem. They're hoping this issue is over going into Sunday's home game with Carolina.
The Bears started the win over Baltimore among three NFL teams without an interception, and ranked among the league's three worst teams in terms of turnover ratio at minus-9.
This came on the heels of making only eight interceptions each of the past two seasons — both team franchise lows for a single season.
Coach John Fox saw one good reason the Bears produced turnovers, and it's something he hopes occurs more frequently in the future.
"We've gone through all the inadequacies at this point from last season and earlier this season, but I think a lot of it is it helps to play with the lead," Fox said. "We've only done that twice this season, and we've won both games.