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Aaron Rodgers placed on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers drops back during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Green Bay, Wis. Rodgers probably won't have time to catch the latest installment of the blockbuster Star Wars series when “The Last Jedi” opens this weekend in theaters. Preparing for the Carolina Panthers takes precedence as he gets ready for his first action since missing seven games with a collarbone injury.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Aaron Rodgers 2017 season is now over after the Packers placed its franchise quarterback on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon. Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 in Minnesota and returned eight weeks later after having two plates and thirteen screws inserted in his right shoulder to fix a broken collarbone.

The two-time NFL MVP was medically cleared and activated prior to the Week 15 game in Carolina, but struggled with his injured not "100 percent" healed.


Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and three interceptions in the 31-24 loss to the Panthers and then had their playoff hopes taken away after the Falcons beat the Bucs on Monday Night Football.


Also Tuesday, the Packers re-signed quarterback Joe Callahan and released FB Joe Kerridge from the active roster and QB Jerod Evans from the practice squad.

Callahan, a 6-foot-1, 216-pound second-year player, spent the first six weeks of this season on the Green Bay practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Oct. 16, where he remained until being released on Dec. 16. He was originally signed by Green Bay as an undrafted rookie out of Wesley College on May 6, 2016. After being released by the Packers on Oct. 13, 2016, Callahan spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns on the active roster before being signed to Green Bay’s practice squad on Dec. 2, 2016. He was signed to the active roster by the Packers on Dec. 17, 2016, where he spent the rest of the season. In 2015, Callahan became the first NCAA Division III quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, earning the Gagliardi Trophy, the highest award in Division III football. He will wear No. 6 for the Packers.

Brett Hundley will now start at quarterback for the Packers for the rest of the 2017 season.

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