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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) This will be a strange couple of weeks in Titletown: The Green Bay Packers' streak of eight straight NFL postseason appearances is over.

And quarterback Aaron Rodgers is done for the year after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and tossed three interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina in his return from a broken collarbone. Coach Mike McCarthy said there were no setbacks with Rodgers' injury, but it made sense to shut him down.

"He took a number of hits. With all the factors involved," McCarthy said. "He's not happy about it. It's a hard day for him.",Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, we felt this was clearly in Aaron Rodgers' best interest

It's an unusual time for the team as a whole.

The Packers last missed the playoffs in 2008,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, which was Rodgers' first season as the starter. They're not used to playing games this late into December without postseason implications.

Atlanta's win over Tampa Bay on Monday night sealed Green Bay's fate in the NFC wild-card chase. Packers receiver Randall Cobb dozed off in front of the TV while watching the game and woke up on Tuesday morning to difficult news.

"It's very disappointing. You never want to be in this situation,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, "but we are.",Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey," Cobb said

The Packers managed to go 3-4 in games started by backup quarterback Brett Hundley to keep their playoff hopes alive while Rodgers was out. With Rodgers done, and the Packers re-signed Joe Callahan to be his backup., Hundley will take over again as the starter Saturday against Minnesota

The last three games of the year figured to be tough with or without Rodgers. He was knocked out in Week 6 after landing on his right arm after a hard hit outside the pocket by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

"I mean you can't go out there trying to take someone out like that. Just play ball,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey," left guard Lane Taylor said when asked if the team was motivated by another opportunity to face Barr., we don't really think about it too much

the Detroit Lions in Week 17,So the Packers are in the unusual position of possibly playing the spoiler role. Their final foe, also remains in the chase for a wild-card spot.

especially on defense. The Packers haven't had consistent pass-rushing punch on the edge,An early end to a season for a team perennially considered a Super Bowl contender could spark more change in the offseason,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, a group led by outside linebacker Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.

Injuries have also have decimated the Packers at cornerback,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, which was already a question mark. They were without starters Kevin King and Davon House last week against Carolina due to shoulder injuries.

and what we're capable of,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey,"You know we had ups and downs. We didn't play as good as we should have," Perry said. "We didn't get the job done this year. I'm pretty sad about it. The only thing we can do now is just look forward and just move in the right direction."

They'll have to do it without Rodgers over the final two weeks. When asked,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, McCarthy said there was no second-guessing about playing Rodgers last week.

when you're completely healthy," McCarthy said. "That's a bad hit on a good day,"I think we all cringed when he took that first hit and frankly when he took the one from behind on the full fake, Womens Andrew Luck Jersey,not coming off what he went through to get back for that game."

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