Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn looks downfield during
the first quarter of an NFL football game against the
Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Nov. 28th.
GREEN BAY - The
Green Bay Packers will have to try to win for the first time in
more than a month without Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers have
ruled out their star quarterback for the game Sunday against the
Rodgers is not ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.
played since breaking his left collarbone early in Green Bay's
27-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.
That was the
start of a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) for the Packers, whose
playoff hopes are fading with a 5-6-1 record with four games to
on a limited basis this week, including Friday, but still hasn't
been cleared to resume playing.
frustrated," McCarthy said. "We're in meetings all day
together. There's a conversation each and every day. He's like
every other player that's fighting to get back on the field. He
has a rehab program, and how he feels going through it is
obviously expressed every day. He's frustrated."
instead spent the week preparing Matt Flynn to make a second
straight start at quarterback.
Flynn is looking
to bounce back from a rough outing in Green Bay's 40-10 loss at
NFC North leader Detroit on Thanksgiving last week.
thing I need to do better?" Flynn said in response to that
question being asked after practice Friday. "Play better. I
don't think you can really look at any one part of what we did as
an offense and say we did it well. We need to throw the ball
better, and we need to get some completions."
just 10 of 20 passes for 139 yards with an interception against
the Lions. He didn't lead the Packers into the end zone.
Green Bay to a season-low 126 total yards, sacking Flynn seven
When asked how he
has gone about putting that game in the rearview mirror, Flynn
replied, "It's easy. Just don't think about it. Just forget
As the fourth
starting quarterback for the Packers this season, all in the last
month, Flynn feels more at ease going into Sunday's game.
Even with Rodgers
able to participate in individual drills and do some throwing on
the field, Flynn took the first-string reps every day in practice
this week. Flynn also had the benefit of a full week of studying
the playbook and building a rapport with the rest of the guys on
When he was named
the starter for the last game, Flynn had only a few days and very
limited practice time to absorb the game plan on the short week.
"It was good
just to be able to call the plays," Flynn said of his work
this week. "Now I feel like I'm calling the plays and not
really thinking about where guys are lined up or what they're
running. I feel more fluid with everybody, and I feel like we were
able to get a little chemistry going."
good about Flynn's progress by the end of the week.
Matt had a good day today. He missed some things yesterday,"
McCarthy said. "I thought he was sharp today."
Flynn might have
to play behind a reshuffled offensive line with center Evan
Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle) questionable for Sunday.
who turned an ankle in practice Wednesday, didn't practice the
last two days.
McCarthy said the
team planned to put Dietrich-Smith through testing for the ankle,
which has given him the most trouble the last few days, on
ready as of today, so we'll see where he is," McCarthy said.
can't play Sunday, T.J. Lang likely will move from right guard to
The Packers would
have a few options for filling the void at right guard, having
used starting right tackle Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse and
rookie Lane Taylor there for spot duty in recent games.
tackle David Bakhtiari practiced Friday after being sent home with
an illness the previous day. Bakhtiari is probable for Sunday.
name goes up at Lambeau Field
GREEN BAY -
Another player will join the gridiron greats whose names are
posted on the stadium facade inside Lambeau Field.
Hall of Famer Dave Robinson and those gathered for Green Bay
Packers-Atlanta Falcons game will see his name unveiled Sunday
at halftime. The honor is reserved for Packers who have been
enshrined in Canton, Ohio. Robinson will also receive his Hall
of Fame ring.
Robinson is the
latest member of Vince Lombardi's championship Green Bay Packers
to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's the 12th
Packer from Lombardi's era to be enshrined, including the coach.
Robinson was a part of three NFL championships under Lombardi,
including the first two Super Bowls.
The game Sunday
has been moved up to noon.