Packers promote Scott Tolzien in wake of Aaron Rodgers injury

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a collarbone fracture in Week 10. His injury has the Packers reportedly promoting former 49ers QB Scott Tolzien to the active roster. We break down the implications. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The Green Bay Packers were dealt a significant blow on Monday Night Football, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone. Seneca Wallace replaced him as the Packers came up short against the Chicago Bears. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is now reporting the Packers are promoting former 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien from the practice squad.

The plan right now is for Rodgers to rehab the injury, as opposed to undergo surgery. There is no specific timetable for his return, but the general speculation has been about a three-week recovery time. Rodgers himself said the team will have a better idea of the timetable later in the week.

The Packers now find themselves in a dogfight in the NFC North. They sit at 5-3 tied with the Bears and Lions, with Detroit traveling to Chicago this weekend and the packers hosting the Eagles. The 49ers already played the Packers, but this is still of note to 49ers fans because of the playoff implications in the NFC North.

And of course, Scott Tolzien is now in the mix. Tolzien spent two years with the 49ers before his release during the first round of roster cuts in August. He was unable to show much in the preseason, and the emergence of B.J. Daniels made it an easy decision to part ways with Tolzien. If B.J. Daniels hadn't emerged, I wonder if the 49ers would have held on to Tolzien? It doesn't matter now, but it's interesting to consider.

For now, your two Packers QBs are former 49ers, even if Wallace was only for a brief cup of coffee. They'll likely be adding somebody in free agency, although the picks are pretty slim.

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