out to start at QB for Packers
December 13, 2013
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches his team play
during the second half of an NFL football game against the
New York Giants Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford,
GREEN BAY, Wis. — While
saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy
said it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn't be
taking snaps on Sunday.
"Hey, it's not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your
franchise quarterback he can't play in the game when he wants to
play in the game," McCarthy said after practice Friday. "This is
clearly a decision that's made in the best interest of Aaron
Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke collarbone early in
Green Bay's loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4.
Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took
some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday
But still not enough to apparently sway the decision to have him
play in a critical game for the Packers. This will be the sixth
straight game Rodgers misses.
"Frankly, it's been a difficult morning going through the
conversation with Aaron and (team) Doctor (Pat) McKenzie,"
McCarthy said. "(Rodgers) feels like he's ready to play. He's
had a good week of preparation. (But) he did very little today.
"He's very disappointed. He's frustrated. But speaking with
Doctor McKenzie, this is the right decision."
Matt Flynn will make his third straight start in place of
Rodgers as the Packers (6-6-1) try to stay in contention for the
NFC North title with three games left. They are a half game
behind division co-leaders Detroit and Chicago, both 7-6.
Flynn rallied Green Bay from a halftime deficit of 11 points to
a 22-21 win over Atlanta last Sunday, snapping the Packers'
five-game winless streak.
"I thought Matt had his best practice today of the two weeks of
full preparation," McCarthy said. "Yesterday was not our best
practice as a football team, but I thought Matt Flynn was very
sharp today, and he obviously took all of the reps."
McCarthy has repeatedly announced since Rodgers resumed
practicing before the Thanksgiving loss at Detroit on Nov. 28
that what has kept the quarterback from playing again is that he
hasn't been medically cleared.
NOTES: Rookie RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) practiced Friday for
the first time this week. Though limited in practice, the team's
leading rusher is probable for Sunday's game. "Eddie Lacy will
be ready to play Sunday," McCarthy said. Lacy suffered a
sprained right ankle at the end of the first half of the last
game but returned to action in the third quarter and finished
the game. Lacy said Friday he no longer was in a walking boot he
used most of the week. . Also returning to practice were LBs
Brad Jones (ankle) and Jamari Lattimore (knee) and DE/LB Mike
Neal (abdomen). All are probable for Sunday. That's good news
for the Packers, who were down to A.J. Hawk as their only inside
linebacker late in the game against the Falcons after Jones and
Lattimore were injured in a span of three plays.
Cowboys' Lee out against Packers with neck injury
IRVING, Texas — Dallas linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled
out of Sunday's game against Green Bay because of a neck
Lee was a limited participant in the first two
practices this week after injuring his neck against Chicago
on Monday. He didn't practice Friday.
The Cowboys' defensive leader missed the previous two
games with a strained hamstring, and saye he injured his
neck on the first play against the Bears. He tried to play
through it but went to the locker room for good in the
Lee missed the last 10 games of 2012 with a toe injury
and has been sidelined 16 games in his four-year career.
Linebacker Bruce Carter and receiver Dwayne Harris also
were ruled out with hamstring injuries.