WAUSAU - Packers fans waited for good news Monday and didn't get it. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Aaron Rodgers will need surgery and could miss the rest of the season.
"Potentially, his season could be over," McCarthy said during his Monday afternoon press conference.
Rodgers broke his collarbone about eight minutes into a loss in Minnesota on Sunday. It's an injury Dr. Jim Messerly knew didn't look good when he saw the replays.
"It's a pretty painful injury," Messerly said.
Messerly has treated two soccer players out of his office in Wausau's Bone and Joint Center this fall for broken collarbones. He says most collarbone injuries don't happen from direct hits. Instead, a compression usually causes a break.
"That then caused the forces to be driven from the outer part of the shoulder inward," Messerly said of the hit Rodgers took from Anthony Barr.
Messerly first thought Rodgers' injury might be a shoulder separation, which damages the socket. He -- along with most Packers fans -- hoped the clavicle bone break didn't overlap.
"Basically not displaced, which is the best way to have it. It should heal with time."
But McCarthy basically told reporters the bone did overlap, without specifically saying it.
"Aaron Rodgers suffered a significant injury in the game. He will require surgery," McCarthy said.
Messerly says doctors only tend to operate if the bone can't line up property on its own. He says an operation pushes the recovery window from as few as six weeks up to 12. That would push Rodgers' return into early January.
"If you push that envelope too much and you have a repeat fracture of that bone, then you've got a nightmare, especially if that one displaces," Messerly said.
Messerly expects doctors to monitor rodgers' recovery through X-rays, looking for callouses to form around the fracture, and potentially using bone stimulators. But Messerly says ultimately there's one thing Rodgers and all of us can do: wait.
"It does just take time for it to heal," Messerly said.
Monday, the Packers activated quarterback Joe Callahan from the practice squad. McCarthy said the Packers are locked into Brett Hundley as their quarterback and are getting ready to play the Saints on Sunday.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
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