GREEN BAY, Wis. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers figured that it wouldn't be a problem if he sat out for one play after getting poked in the right eye midway through the third quarter Sunday against the Saints. In Rodgers' mind, with the ball at the two yard line on first down, backup quarterback Graham Harrell should be able to successfully finish off the drive with a touchdown.
Well, that didn't happen.
In the first-ever regular-season snap in Harrell's NFL career, the 27-year-old former Canadian Football League quarterback stumbled backwards after tripping on the foot of veteran center Jeff Saturday. As he was falling, Harrell attempted to hand the ball off to running back Cedric Benson, but it bounced away and was recovered by New Orleans.
Rodgers, who was having depth perception issues in his right eye, watched -- with relatively blurry vision -- as the Saints then capitalized three plays later with an 80-yard touchdown pass to take a 24-21 lead.
"I wanted to stay in the ...