The NFL lost another star player to injury this past week. Here are the main headlines coming out of Week 6:
The Packers’ season is over
"Aaron Rodgers suffered a significant injury in the game. It will require surgery. He'll be out a minimum of a significant amount of time. Potentially, his season could be over."
Those were head coach Mike McCarthy’s words after the Green Bay Packers fell to 4-2 for the season with a 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone connected to his throwing shoulder early in the game after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr tackled him to the ground in what many believed to be a late hit.
Arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, Rodgers’ absence all but ends Green Bay’s Super Bowl hopes as he joins a growing list of NFL stars sitting on the sidelines.
Third-year quarterback Brett Hundley replaced Rodgers for the rest of the game (18/33, 157 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT) and will likely lead the team for the remainder of the season.
Chiefs no longer perfect
After a dismal showing at home last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back on the road to defeat Kansas City 19-13, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
While a recovering Ben Roethlisberger leant heavily on Le’Veon Bell’s production (32 carries, 179 yards, 1 TD), and Antonio Brown’s (8 receptions, 155 yards, 1 TD) fortuitous game-winning touchdown, the Chiefs still had a chance to win.
Alex Smith struggled to find open receivers down the field for much of the match until rookie Kareem Hunt took a desperate pass 37 yards deep into Pittsburgh territory at the end of the third quarter.
But, like so often throughout the encounter, the Steelers’ blitz-filled defence held firm to deny Any Reid’s men any avenue into the end zone.
What a difference a game makes
Struggling for snaps in a crowded backfield featuring Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, Adrian Peterson managed just 81 rushing yards through four games as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Following his midweek trade to the Arizona Cardinals, the 2012 MVP had 134 yards and two touchdowns on debut in a 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 32-year-old will now serve as head coach Bruce Arians’ main man at the running back position, with David Johnson out of action for at least two more months after needing surgery on a wrist injury suffered in Week 1.
Peterson’s debut performance in the desert ends a nightmare month at the Saints and provides him an opportunity to refocus as the 3-3 Cardinals push for a playoff spot and a maiden Super Bowl championship.