When you're looking for NFL news, there are a couple of names in the media you know you can trust. Adam Schefter. Ian Rapoport. Peter King. Conan O'Brien.
That's right, Conan's got the scoop, at least in the case of Aaron Rodgers and his recent shoulder surgery.
While appearing in a "Clueless Gamer" of O'Brien's TBS show, "Conan," Rodgers revealed he had 13 (13!) screws inserted into his fractured right collarbone, which he injured in Week 6 against the Vikings.
"I rolled out to my right, I threw the ball. And I got tackled and kind of slammed on the ground," Rodgers told O'Brien. "But I'm good now, 13 screws later and here I am." (The full segment will air Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on TBS.)
So, 13 is a whole lot of screws. As a general rule in clavicle repairs, the more screws there are, the larger the plate is. The larger the plate is, the worse the fracture is. Not good news for Packers fans.
We already knew Rodgers would be out for quite a while. The most optimistic projections had him slated to return in December at the earliest. Considering he has a plate in shoulder so big that it takes 13 screws to hold it in place, it's not far-fetched to think he won't be back this season. Especially when you consider the fact that the injury is to his throwing arm.
The good news for Rodgers: He has this new "Assassin's Creed" game to keep him occupied. You get to ride chariots and fight hippos and all kinds of cool stuff apparently. No, it's probably not as much fun as leading the Packers to the playoffs and battling for another Super Bowl. But, c'mon. Hippos, man.
Cy Brown writes about football, golf, soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.