Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks to quarterback
Scott Tolzien during the first half of an NFL football game
against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in
Green Bay, Wis. Tolzien replaced injured quarterback Seneca
Wallace earlier in the game.
GREEN BAY —
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Scott Tolzien will
remain the starting quarterback as Aaron Rodgers continues to
recover from a broken collarbone.
Monday that Tolzien will start Sunday's game against the Minnesota
Vikings at Lambeau Field, even though the coach said he had not
yet spoken with the team's medical personnel about where Rodgers
stands with his injury.
24 of 34 passes for 339 yards, but threw three interceptions in
the Packers' 27-13 loss to the New York Giants Sunday in his first
A week earlier,
Tolzien came on for an injured Seneca Wallace after one series in
a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and McCarthy tabbed him the
starter after that game.
Tolzien will start this week. Was that as quick as last
week?" McCarthy said Monday when asked about his quarterback
plans for the Vikings.
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass as his
team warms up before an NFL football game against the New
York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Tolzien will go into the week as the starter, just like he did
"will go into the week" does leave McCarthy some wiggle
room to go with Rodgers instead, if team physician Patrick
McKenzie clears Rodgers to play.
Rodgers broke his
left collarbone in a Nov. 4 loss to the Chicago Bears at Lambeau
Field, which started the Packers' three-game losing streak.
understand the importance of players returning from injury, the
anxiousness of any player to get back on the field, but that's
always a collective conversation — the medical staff, the player
... and really, I don't make medical decisions," McCarthy
be no different with Aaron Rodgers. We all know he wants to play.
He wants to play as soon as he can. But those are big decisions
when you put a player back on the field. When everybody's
confident, then that's when it will happen."
Then again, the
day after the injury, McCarthy said of Rodgers, "Let's not
kid ourselves, if he walked in your office and asked for the ball
on Saturday, what would you do?"
Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Scott
Tolzien look at a video board during the second half of an
NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday,
Nov. 10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. The Eagles won 27-13.
Each of the past
two weeks, the Packers have waited until Friday to officially rule
Asked whether his
announcement of Tolzien as the starter meant Rodgers definitely
won't play, McCarthy said, "I have not spoken to the medical
staff about Aaron Rodgers' status."
Asked if he'd
been told last week already that Rodgers wouldn't play against the
Vikings, McCarthy said, "No, we haven't had that
For the Packers,
Sunday's game is crucial.
At 5-5 and
trailing Chicago (6-4) and Detroit (6-4) in the NFC North, they
can ill afford to lose another game with Rodgers on the sideline.
Their next game is a Nov. 28 Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions
at Ford Field, a game Rodgers is hoping to start.
Aaron. You know how competitive he is. He's like a linebacker
playing quarterback. That's just his competitive nature,"
Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews said.
me sitting out with a broken thumb. Just because I can't play, it
doesn't make it any easier sitting on the sideline.
"But we need
to be a little smarter with him. Not just because of his title as
a franchise quarterback, but the fact that it's a tricky injury. I
mean, you get hit once and go down once awkwardly and the season's
The last time the
Packers were .500 after 10 games was 2008, Rodgers' first year as
the starter. They went on a five-game losing streak after that,
winning the regular-season finale over a winless Lions team to
Since then, the
Packers had lost back-to-back games only three times before their
current losing streak.
Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones catches a pass during
the first half of an NFL football game against the New York
Giants, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.
The last time:
After Rodgers suffered a concussion during a 7-3 loss at Detroit
on Dec. 12, 2010.
The Packers then
lost the following week at New England, with backup Matt Flynn
starting in Rodgers' place.
Giants, Tolzien's biggest mistake came on Giants defensive end
Jason Pierre-Paul's leaping interception at the line of scrimmage,
which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown with 10 minutes, 49
seconds left in the game.
The Packers had
pulled within 20-13 on the previous possession and their
struggling defense had forced the Giants to go three-and-out to
give Tolzien the ball back with a chance to lead a game-tying
made a nice play, but it's on me. I gave him a freebie there,
really," said Tolzien, who has thrown five interceptions in
huge moment swing. We had a chance, and that kills you, and I'll
learn from it. But I take full onus on that one."