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Rodgers exits after eye poke, Harrell stumbles and fumbles

Graham Harrell, Brian Sanford AP

Packers fans already had doubts about Graham Harrell as Aaron Rodgers‘ backup, and Harrell’s first NFL play did nothing to erase those doubts.

After Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was poked in the eye and had to leave the game, Harrell entered and promptly tripped over one of his own offensive linemen, stumbled, and then fumbled while trying to hand the ball off to Cedric Benson. The Saints recovered Harrell’s fumble, an incredibly costly turnover for the Packers, who had first-and-goal after a facemasking penalty was called when Rodgers was poked in the eye.

The turnover became even more costly when the Saints scored a touchdown on an 80-yard Drew Brees bomb to Joseph Morgan, giving the Saints a 24-21 lead in Green Bay.

The Packers have also lost receiver Greg Jennings for the game with a groin injury, in a game that’s about as close as it gets to must-win in Week Four, for both teams.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m. ET: Rodgers returned to the game after the Saints scored. Harrell’s fumble was the only offensive play Rodgers missed.

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27 Responses to “Rodgers exits after eye poke, Harrell stumbles and fumbles”
  1. mancave001 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:47 PM

    No comments on the officiating? Because it really blows. And I’m not even a Pack fan.

  2. deathonwings410 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:50 PM

    Sucks

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 30, 2012 6:51 PM

    Pay that Saint defender his bounty!

  4. bluebongzilla says: Sep 30, 2012 6:52 PM

    What time does the protest start?

  5. natelifer says: Sep 30, 2012 6:53 PM

    Once again the refs are changing the momentum of the game . Thanks again!

    And give me thumbs down if you don’t know sh1t about football. Which is most of you on here.

  6. bathroomben7 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    I wonder how much of a bounty that guy got for the eye poke on Rodgers. Saints are the scummiest team in the NFL.

  7. keramidas21 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    I don’t like saying teams get lucky, but the Saints really have caught a TON of breaks this game.

  8. apooster says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    Packers blame the replacement refs, blame the “real” refs, but fail to point the finger at themselves.

    The point is, they have a very porous secondary, and if it wasn’t for Clay Matthews a very poor front 7. The O-Line is hit or miss and Rodgers can only do so much.

  9. billmead1976 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    A little hot sauce in the eye. Dirty Saints – from bounty to eye poke. Dang.

  10. gtodriver says: Sep 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    Go figure… People still complaining about the officials.

    The worst fans in the NFL are wearing shirts proclaiming “Worst Call Ever”.

    They deserve to lose again.

  11. bfrsd says: Sep 30, 2012 6:58 PM

    The officials have screwed the Pack out of a couple huge calls again but this game is completely on the Packers. They have a bunch of drops again and you can’t fumble the ball on 1st and goal from the two yard line. The secondary which looked great the last couple weeks is as bad as last season right now. This games on the Pack.

  12. contra74 says: Sep 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    mancave001 says:
    Sep 30, 2012 6:47 PM
    No comments on the officiating? Because it really blows. And I’m not even a Pack fan.
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    No they used up all the ref pity points last week. Soon they’ll be calling for the replacement refs back or just taking knees after the snap in protest. Sad really.

  13. 22much4ken says: Sep 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    Every game the packers try to play even worse than the week prior – must be playing for a top 5 draft pick in April – shows me that Joe philbin was the real mastermind of this offense the last couple of years. It’s time Mcbarfy goes – maybe even Thompson also

  14. bfrsd says: Sep 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    @22much4ken, have you watched the game. Outside of the Harrell fumble the Packers offense has been doing what it wants.

  15. bfrsd says: Sep 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    Another bogus call. Fumble to the Packers and the refs are at it again. Unbelievable.

  16. nflfollower says: Sep 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    How about them “real refs” lol. Shouldn’t have wasted all your challenges earlier green bay.

  17. bowmanj35 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    22much4ken
    I couldn’t agree with you more.

  18. bluebongzilla says: Sep 30, 2012 7:36 PM

    I don’t understand. Packer fans protested the replacement refs and when the “good” refs took the field they cheered them. Now they’re booing the “good” refs. Maybe they need to take a closer look at the team.

  19. axespray says: Sep 30, 2012 7:49 PM

    apooster says:
    Sep 30, 2012 6:54 PM
    “Packers blame the replacement refs, blame the “real” refs, but fail to point the finger at themselves.”

    really? …. yet every time the Packer drop 45 on your team, you haters whine about the refs, not the fact that antonie winfield is the only guy in the secondary…. smh.

  20. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 30, 2012 7:50 PM

    TJ Rubley 2.0

    About the only think worse than Harrell was the officiating. Almost robbed us, two weeks in a row.

    I mean really, really bad.

    Good thing this is a dominant team, enough to overcome all that.

  21. death1to2hipsters3 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:24 PM

    before packer fans have a cry about Harrel tripping, just remember that the franchise QB had to leave the game because he had a boo boo on his eye. besides tripping over his own OL really wasnt his fault that could have happened to Peyton Manning or Joe Mantana. shutup Green Bay fans and get over it!! you won the game what else do you want?

  22. brewpack42 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:20 PM

    That fumble was just as much benson’s fault. Watch the replay Benson tries to grab the ball and it hits off his finger tips because he closes his grip too soon. Anyone who ever played running back knows you make a pocket and the quarterback is responsible for getting it there. If you try to reach for it, that kind of thing often happens.

  23. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Sep 30, 2012 11:09 PM

    But Rodgers is a “system quarterback”! Harrell should have posted a 130 rating on that one play because it’s a “system” and Rodgers is mediocre! What happened??

  24. packerbacker12 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:36 PM

    “The point is, they have a very porous secondary, and if it wasn’t for Clay Matthews a very poor front 7. The O-Line is hit or miss and Rodgers can only do so much.”

    Although they didn’t show it today, the Packers defense has drastically improved throughout the course of the last few weeks so I have no idea what team you are watching.

  25. trapshoot says: Oct 1, 2012 12:49 AM

    Hard to blame Harrell for the fumble. It was a combination of getting stepped on and a mix up with the back.

  26. squared80 says: Oct 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    I bet the ignorant fans in the stands did the same thing they used to do to Rodgers. Boo him mercilessly and send him death threats daily. Class act crowd up there in Wisconsin.

  27. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 7, 2014 8:51 PM

    nflfollower says:
    Sep 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    How about them “real refs” lol. Shouldn’t have wasted all your challenges earlier green bay.
    ————————————————-
    Uh, the Packers would have that extra challenge if the refs hadn’t blown the calls on both of their 2 guaranteed challenges.

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