The Packers were without franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers today, out with a broken collarbone. Just when you think it can't get any worse - it gets way worse. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace left the game after the first drive with a groin injury leaving backup-backup Scott Tolzien to lead the charge...
"That's two weeks in a row," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "You have a guy that goes thru the week, takes all the reps unfortunately suffered the injury there in the first series."
"Losing starters and multiple starters, it's tough so guys just gotta prepare all the way down the line and make sure they're ready to go just in case," Jordy Nelson weighed in.
That's exactly what Tolzien did. Under the circumstances he had enough bright spots in his first NFL game to earn another opportunity. McCarthy announced after the game Tolzien will start against the Giants next Sunday.
"Scott did a hell of a job. We're out running plays he hasn't even practiced yet. It's a totally different language from where's he's been his first two stops and for the most part he was seamless in the huddle. I thought his game management especially for the amount of preparation he had going into this game was outstanding," McCarthy explained.
"What I liked he was yelling at everyone to keep the tempo going. Get in the huddle, get in the huddle.. so it seemed like he had pretty good command out there," Josh Sitton said.
"He knew the plays, didn't stumble over any play calls or anything. He acted like he'd been here awhile and it was impressive and I think it helped us and he made plays," said Nelson.
"Certainly there are some plays you'd like to have back, but I really appreciate the guys help out there rallying around me," Scott Tolzien commented after the game.Including Wallace, six packer players were injured today. Playing with their backs against the wall is an understatement. Nonetheless the packers aren't leaning on excuses.
"There's not a team in the NFL that's going to feel sorry for us so we gotta move on, correct the film and get on to the Giants," Nelson stated.
"Gotta stay together as a team. Coming off two straight losses, you can't start to separate, gotta stay strong as a team," T.J. Lang explained.
"Figure out a way to play good with the pieces we have left and you know just try trust in one another and just continue to grind it out," Eddie Lacy said.