Left guard Lane Taylor still remembers coming into the visitors’ locker room training room that fateful day, having suffered an ankle injury not long after Aaron Rodgers (above) went down with his broken collarbone courtesy of Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr’s takedown (above). Upon arriving, Taylor learned the bad news that would derail the Packers’ season: Rodgers, having broken his left collarbone in 2013, knew he’d done it again to his right one.
“We were just in the training room, both had a couple of bags of ice on, watching the game,” Taylor recalled. “At first when I hurt my ankle, obviously, you’re worried about that. But whenever I got to the locker room, I knew he was going to be in there. I went straight over to him to see what was going on, and obviously it was not what I was expecting.
“It sucked because we knew it would be tough sledding without him.”
Taylor ended up being right, of course, as the Packers went 3-5 while Rodgers was out – including that loss in Minneapolis that day – and because of their loss at Carolina last week, Rodgers won’t get a chance to exact any sort of revenge on Barr for his season-altering hit. But his teammates insisted that they wouldn’t go after Barr to even the score.
“How are we going to approach him? We’re just going to play football,” left tackle David Bakhtiari said. “You know, it's just kind of an unspoken thing – if you’re not going to treat our guy with respect … I’m not saying we’re going to headhunt him. That’s not at all what I’m trying to say. But I mean, we’ll definitely play to the whistle with a guy like that. Because you never want to see that happen.
“But no, we’re not going to go after him or any of that stuff. You get fined for that stuff. That’s already been learned. So no. There’s been no talk about that.”
Will Brett Hundley be keeping an eye on Barr?
“I don’t have to keep an eye on him. I just play my game. If he’s coming after me, I get down,” Hundley joked. “That’s it.”
Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin. Listen to him with former Packers and Badgers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher weekdays from 9-11 on “Wilde & Tausch” on 100.5 FM ESPN Madison.