Packers place Rodgers on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers have placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone.

The team made the move on Friday. Rodgers and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said that the surgery went well. The procedure was done Thursday outside of Green Bay.

The two-time NFL MVP is out indefinitely. McCarthy has said Rodgers could miss the rest of the season after getting hurt last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.

Backup Brett Hundley has replaced Rodgers. He will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to “take out” Rodgers with the hit Sunday.

After spending most of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Barr was cleared Friday and allowed to speak to the media for the first time since Sunday’s game.

“By no means was I trying to injure or take out Aaron Rodgers,” Barr said. “He’s one of, if not the best, player in this league. I’m not a dirty player. I don’t play dirty. We don’t preach that around here.”

Rodgers posted an Instagram message early Friday thanking well-wishers for their “love, support, thoughts and prayers” in a photo of himself in a hospital bed. The two-time NFL MVP added the phrase “comeback starts now” with a hashtag.

Barr said he wouldn’t change anything about the way he hit Rodgers, who had thrown a pass while scrambling out of the pocket before the hit in which he was driven to the ground on his right throwing shoulder.

There was no flag thrown on the play, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy called it “an illegal act.” Green Bay players Jahri Evans and Ahmad Brooks also condemned the hit.

“Everybody’s going to be entitled to their opinion,” Barr said. “I think if it happened to my quarterback, I’d probably say it was illegal and the same thing, just because you’re trying to defend your guy.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stood up for Barr earlier in the week, saying he didn’t know why there was so much scrutiny about the hit. Barr said he has not heard from the league office about a potential fine.

He has heard plenty from Packers fans, however. Barr said he received 3,000 “mostly not too kind” tweets by halftime of Sunday’s game, which he left with a concussion.

Barr is expected to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.