Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers,
left, talk to quarterback Matt Flynn during the second half
of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. The game ended in
a tie, 26-26.
GREEN BAY —
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the chances of Aaron
Rodgers playing Thursday's Thanksgiving game at Detroit are
"slim to none."
sure whether he'll go with Matt Flynn, who rallied the team from a
16-point deficit to a 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings, or
Scott Tolzien, who started the past two games but was benched with
8 minutes 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
suffered a broken left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago, has not
27-20 loss to the Bears, in which Seneca Wallace took over for the
injured Rodgers, the Packers are 0-3-1 without their star
"(I) had a
meeting with Aaron. He would like to go (against the Lions),"
McCarthy said Monday.
based on the information where we are as far as the conversation
with Aaron, the conversation with the medical staff, I would say
he's slim to none, to give you what I'm thinking. That's where we
Rodgers has undergone testing, but refused to elaborate.
went down against the Bears, McCarthy didn't immediately rule out
Rodgers for the following week's game against Philadelphia,
saying, "Let's not kid ourselves, if he walked in your office
and asked for the ball on Saturday, what would you do?"
When reminded of
that Monday, McCarthy said, "Well, it's more than that. Let's
be honest, he's got to practice. There's some physical rehab
hurdles to get through that he hasn't reached yet. Like I said, it
would be a huge stretch for him to play in this game."
Rodgers would have to practice on Wednesday, before the team
departs for Detroit, to have any chance of playing Thursday at
Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) leads a huddle
during the second half of an NFL football game against the
Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
The game ended in a tie, 26-26.
Rodgers did not
speak to reporters while he was in the locker room during the
media access session. His weekly radio show on Milwaukee radio
station WAUK-AM airs Tuesday.
(5-5-1) are still in the NFC North race because the Lions (6-5)
and Bears (6-5) each lost Sunday.
injury and the team's winless streak without him, the Packers
could still win the division — a fact Rodgers recognizes.
Asked if he might
have to protect Rodgers from himself, McCarthy said, "Well, I
think that's always the case when you're dealing with Aaron. But,
like I said, he has to do some things with the rehab, the rehab
group first. ... If he doesn't practice on Wednesday, he won't
play in the game."
The Packers will
practice Tuesday and McCarthy said he intends to get both Flynn
and Tolzien ready to start against the Lions if Rodgers can't go.
to get two quarterbacks ready, frankly. This experience that we've
gone through the last four weeks with a different quarterback in
four straight games, we're taking a hard look at our
preparation," McCarthy said. "Who has the ball at the
beginning of the game, we'll let you know down the line. I have no
announcements on that yet today.
with four days it's difficult to get anybody ready, but we've got
to make sure they're both ready."
After taking over
for an injured Wallace against the Eagles on Nov. 11, Tolzien had
completed 55 of 90 passes (61.1 percent) for 717 yards with one
touchdown and five interceptions before being benched in favor of
Flynn on Sunday.
"It was very
disappointing to me. I felt like I'm an accurate
quarterback," said Tolzien, who scored on a 6-yard run that
gave the Packers a 7-0 lead but completed just 7 of 17 passes for
93 yards before being replaced.
know what the final stat line was, but I know it wasn't 50
percent. That's bad. I'm not going to try to sugarcoat it. I'm
going to learn from it and keep pressing to get better."
Flynn entered the
game with the Packers trailing 20-7 and directed two touchdown
drives and a field-goal drive that sent the game into overtime at
Completing 21 of
36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, he drove the Packers to
the Minnesota 2-yard line on the first possession of overtime, but
Flynn's third-and-goal pass to Jordy Nelson fell complete.
settled for a 20-yard Mason Crosby field goal, which the Vikings
matched on the ensuing series, leading to the first tie in the NFL
Flynn, who was
Rodgers' backup from 2008 through 2011 before signing with the
Seattle Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012, said
he will be ready regardless of how many practice snaps he gets on
Tuesday and Wednesday.
game, Flynn said he had taken eight reps — four each week —
with the starters in practice.
know what's going to happen, but I'll be ready no matter if I take
0 percent, 50 percent, 100 percent of the reps," Flynn said.
"I'll be ready to roll. I think I've developed the skill of
improving myself without taking reps. We'll see what
Asked if he feels
he deserves to be the starter after the way he played against the
Vikings, Flynn said, "I don't know. I would like to start. I
definitely want to. But that's not my decision to make. Whoever's
out there gives us the best chance, whoever the coach feels that
is. Whatever happens, I'm here and I do what they tell me to