Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Aaron Rodgers: Collarbone Fracture

It's the collarbone fracture from hell for Packer fans.

From ESPN:

Aaron Rodgers confirmed Tuesday that he has a broken left collarbone, an injury that could sideline the Green Bay Packers quarterback into December.

Rodgers said on his weekly radio show that a timetable for his return has not been set, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that the team is operating with "a week-to-week" mindset.

"We're still going through the process of testing," Rodgers said Tuesday on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. "But we do know that the collarbone is fractured and we still have not talked about or discussed any long-term prognosis."

And while McCarthy said he is preparing Seneca Wallace to start Sunday, he would not officially rule out Rodgers.

The sliver of good news for the Packers: McCarthy indicated the injury won't end Rodgers' season.

"I'm relieved, no doubt," McCarthy told reporters at Lambeau Field. "With the new information that was given today, everybody felt better about it. How long? We don't have our hands around a timeline yet, but I know Aaron is very optimistic and he'll do everything he can to get back in a timely fashion."
The Packers desperately need Aaron Rodgers. DESPERATELY.

Rodgers' injury is a very big deal.


The team coverage by the local media of the collarbone is more than a bit excessive, especially when it includes a recitation of Internet postings by ANYONE.

Do we really need a lengthy segment of the reaction on social media to the injury?

Reading Tweets and Facebook posts doesn't pass as news.

The 10:00 PM newscast should not include comments found on Twitter made by unknown individuals.

It's ridiculous.

We ALL have access to that stuff. If we want to read it, we know where to find it. If we don't know how to find it, we probably don't care.

News outlets have resources, like cameras and press credentials and contacts.

Give us information, also known as "news."

Tweets like "Prayers for Aaron" and "Bring back Favre" are not news.

I can't imagine Edward R. Murrow "reporting" the comments of the masses shared in 140 characters, and passing that off as journalism. The stuff some people read to pass the time while going to the bathroom is not news.

Please, TV "journalists," do your job.