GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers lost a quarterback for the season on Monday. It wasn’t Brett Favre.

Backup Aaron Rodgers said he didn’t know how he broke his left foot in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against New England and thought he was just feeling sorry for himself because of his poor performance.

Rodgers had replaced Favre, who hurt his elbow earlier in the game, but is expected to return in time for Monday night’s game at Seattle.

Rodgers’ injury requires surgery, which he said will likely include placing a screw in his foot. He’ll be out for the rest of the season, and the Packers are in need of another quarterback.

“I didn’t want to come out of the game,” Rodgers said. “I knew it was bothering me, but I still felt like I could make some plays and I wanted to be out there.”

Rodgers said he told rookie Ingle Martin, the team’s third quarterback, that he thought he had broken his foot and told the trainers in the fourth quarter he needed an X-ray.

But he finished the game, going 4-of-12 for 32 yards, and brushed off reporters Sunday while hobbling through the locker room with a noticeable limp. He apologized on Monday.

“After finding out I’d be out for the season, it was a tough blow to take and I didn’t feel like answering any questions,” Rodgers said.

Bears

Back-to-back games at the Meadowlands followed by a trip to AFC East leader New England?

This looked like trouble for the Chicago Bears. Instead, they beat the New York Jets 10-0 on Sunday to complete a Meadowlands sweep.

And they used an old formula: key defensive plays and a sound running game.

Throw in Chris Harris’ recovery of an onside kick by New York to start the second half that led to a field goal.

Then, mix in one big touchdown by Mark Bradley, and it adds up to a 9-1 record for Chicago.

Eagles

Without Donovan McNabb, the outlook seems bleak. The Eagles are getting too familiar with not having their star quarterback. For the third time in five years, McNabb has sustained a season-ending injury in mid-November.

Now the Eagles (5-5) must find a way to win games with veteran Jeff Garcia or A.J. Feeley leading an offense that was ranked first in the NFL until Sunday’s loss to Tennessee.

Bills

With just a handful of ticks on the clock, and the Bills needing a touchdown to win, J.P. Losman knew what he was – and wasn’t – about to do.

“In the huddle, J.P. said, ‘I’m not throwing a check-down this time. I got to take a shot at the end zone, so guys, get open,”‘ said receiver Peerless Price, who did exactly what his quarterback said, hauling in Losman’s 15-yard strike to give Buffalo a 24-21 win.

Dolphins

Miami gained 7 yards rushing Monday, which is better than it did on any carry Sunday against Minnesota.

Elias Sports Bureau reviewed a play in the first half of the game and changed a 7-yard loss by quarterback Joey Harrington from a rush to a sack.

As a result, the Dolphins’ net rushing total improved from minus-3 yards to plus-4 yards in 13 carries.

That’s still a franchise low.

, and a team defensive record for the Vikings. The Dolphins won 24-20, making them the first team to win with such a poor rushing total since 1986.

The Dolphins may be without two ailing defensive backs Thursday when they play at Detroit.

Starting cornerback Will Allen (groin) and reserve safety Travares Tillman (hand) were hurt in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. Allen’s status is “day to day at best,” coach Nick Saban said Monday, and Tillman was scheduled to be examined by a specialist.


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