Aaron Rodgers returns to game after leaving with knee injury

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The Green Bay Packers, a legitimate Super Bowl contender, nearly suffered a devastating blow less than one half into their new season when Aaron Rodgers suffered a knee injury, left the game, and was questionable to return to the Packers’ season opener against the Bears.

Rodgers stood up, tried to put weight on his left leg and then crumbled to the ground.

The Packers quarterback finally walked off Lambeau Field under his own power.

After nearly 10 minutes in the sideline examination tent, the team’s medical staff carted him to the locker room midway through the second quarter of the season opener against the Chicago Bears.

The injury happened in the second quarter when Rodgers stayed down after a sack. Rodgers grabbed at his leg, tried to get back up, and went back down again before he was finally able to limp off the field and into the blue medical tent on the sidelines.

Kizer’s first series started off well as the Packers drove inside the red zone, but it ended in just about the worst possible way when new Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack strip sacked Kizer and recovered the loose ball.

The Packers traded Rodgers’ backup last season, Brett Hundley, to the Seattle Seahawks last month for a sixth-round pick. Hundley started nine games — and won only three — last season after Rodgers broke his right collarbone.

In the first quarter, Rodgers completed just one of four passes for 7 yards, his fewest completions in the first quarter since he failed to complete a pass in Week 17 of the 2014 season at the Detroit Lions.

Late last month, Rodgers signed a record four-year, $134 million contract extension.

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