A manageable three weeks without Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Green Bay Packers only have to play without quarterback Aaron Rodgers for three weeks, they might have a chance to stay in the playoff race.

The Packers will know more about Rodgers’ condition after more tests Tuesday, but according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, initial examinations showed a small fracture in Rodgers’ collarbone, an injury that could allow him to return after three weeks.

If ever there was a time to lose Rodgers for three games, this is it.

The Packers’ next three opponents -- the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings -- have a combined record of 7-18. The Packers are locked in a three-way tie atop the NFC North at 5-3.

What’s more, two of those three games are at Lambeau Field. The Eagles (4-5) come to Green Bay on Sunday. The Packers then play at the Giants (2-6) on Nov. 17 before hosting the Vikings (1-7) on Nov. 24.

All three of those teams have issues. The Eagles are still feeling their way through coach Chip Kelly’s first season and have used multiple quarterbacks -- Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley. Giants quarterback Eli Manning can’t seem to stop throwing interceptions, while the Vikings can’t decide on a quarterback.

If the Packers can get Seneca Wallace to pull out a win or two during this stretch and get Rodgers back on the field in time for the Thanksgiving game at the Detroit Lions, they could save their season.

The way things look now in the NFC North, the Packers may have to win that showdown with the Lions to have any chance to win the division. Having Rodgers back for that game will be critical.