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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Jones isn’t lost for the year, but the Green Bay Packers rookie running back could miss a good chunk of the closing stretch because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s win at Chicago.

Jones has an MCL injury and is expected to be out for three to six weeks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday. Jones was hurt on the opening drive against the Bears when his right knee appeared to get caught underneath him as he was tackled by linebacker Sam Acho.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that Jones’ knee is a “multiple-week injury.”

The rookie fifth-round pick is the Packers’ leading rusher on the season with 370 yards on 70 carries (5.3-yard average) and has had two 100-yard games since he was inserted into the lineup in Week 4 after Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs.

The Packers also could be without Montgomery, who reinjured his ribs on Sunday against the Bears. Montgomery is the team’s second-leading rusher with 273 yards on 71 carries (3.8-yard average). Both Jones and Montgomery have three rushing touchdowns to lead the team.

McCarthy said Monday that Montgomery’s injury was not as serious as Jones’. “I would think he has a chance this week,” McCarthy said.

That leaves two other rookies, Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays, as the only healthy halfbacks on the roster. Williams, a fourth-round pick, finished Sunday’s game after Jones and Montgomery dropped out and rushed for a season-high 67 yards on 20 carries. Mays, a seventh-round pick, was inactive against the Bears and has not had a carry yet this season.

The Packers had a season-high 37 rushing attempts against the Bears in Brett Hundley’s first win since he took over at quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, who broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15. Among the rushes were three Wildcat plays with receiver Randall Cobb taking the direct snap and rushing for minus-1, 6 and 3 yards on those plays.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone “in the near future,” coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

The quarterback’s season “potentially could be over,” but when asked if he’d consider bringing in a veteran quarterback, McCarthy was clear.

“I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan,” McCarthy said. “The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”

McCarthy was adamant that he plans to go forward with Hundley as his starter and Callahan, who was promoted from the practice squad on Monday, as the backup. It’s possible the Packers might add a practice-squad or No. 3 developmental quarterback.

The team won’t make a decision on Rodgers until after the procedure, so he remains on the roster.

Hundley, who replaced Rodgers in Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, will make his first start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. At this time, there has been no consideration given to bringing in a veteran such as Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III or even Tony Romo.

Rodgers broke his right collarbone after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit him in the first quarter Sunday. The quarterback was rolling out to his right with Barr pressuring him. As Rodgers threw, Barr hit him in the midsection and drove him into the turf, where Rodgers landed on his shoulder.

McCarthy took issue with Barr’s hit.

“He’s out of the pocket, he’s clearly expecting to get hit,” McCarthy said. “To pin him to the ground like that, I felt it was an illegal act. To sit here and lose any of your players on something like that, it doesn’t feel very good. Yeah, I didn’t like the hit. It was unnecessary … totally unnecessary, in my opinion.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer thought the hit was clean.
“We’re playing football,” Zimmer said. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything was above board. We’re not a dirty football team. We’ll never be a dirty football team as long as I’m here. We’re going to play within the rules and sometimes things happen.”

Rodgers missed seven starts in 2013 when he broke his left collarbone. This time he is expected to be out longer because it’s his throwing shoulder. Rodgers did not have surgery four years ago.

Hundley threw one touchdown pass and three interceptions in relief of Rodgers. Two of the interceptions came on deflected passes. The former fifth-round pick out of UCLA played well in his rookie preseason in 2015, when he led the league in exhibition passing yards while throwing seven touchdown passes and one interception.

“He brings a lot of tools to the table,” Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. “I think it all starts with his overall preparation and his command in the huddle. You look at the way he’s performed in the preseason, I think he’s a unique player. Go back to his college days, the plays that he made stood out. We know that we have a player that we have all the confidence in.”

After Sunday’s game, the mood in the Packers’ locker room was somber.

“It’s devastating, no question about it,” Packers receiver Randall Cobb said. “First and foremost, it’s one of my closest friends, so to see him go down with that, it’s tough. But we’ve still got to play football. We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do.”

On Monday, McCarthy tried to turn the attention forward even though there are other injury issues on the offensive line (where three starters dropped out Sunday) and in the secondary (where three starters were inactive and a fourth, cornerback Quinten Rollins, was placed on injured reserve to make room for Callahan).

“We are ready and fired up to go get them Saints,” McCarthy said. “I mean, that’s the mood, it was important to shift gears. We took the later part of our meetings today and focused on getting on to the Saints video. We usually wait ’til Wednesday to do that. Had a bunch of corrections to go through by segment to the offense, defense, special teams. But we’re looking forward to playing again after our performance yesterday.”