Mike McCarthy, Packers coach, took away any possibility of the player returning from his broken collarbone and playing against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on Sunday when he ruled him out on Friday’s injury report, leaving many fans and pay per head sportsbooks very concerned about his fitness.
“Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go,” McCarthy said.
There was some hope that this week Rodgers would return, but pay per head sportsbooks found out that on Tuesday, tests showed that he hasn’t healed enough for team doctors to clear him. The payer was cleared to practice in pads, which he was able to do on Thursday for the first time since being injured, but all week, Matt Flynn took the starter’s reps and will get the call against Atlanta.
The Packers (5-6-1) were not able to win since Rodgers’ injury on the team’s initial possession against the Chicago Bears on November 4, going 0-4-1 and dropping in the NFC North into third place.
“He doesn’t really let it show to anybody else, but you know he’s frustrated and you know he wants to get out there,” Flynn said Friday. “This is his team and for him not to be out there is really hard on him. But he doesn’t let it show. He’s been great trying to get me ready, and just try to pass on tips, as he always did when I was here for four years. He’s been a great asset for us.”
Flynn will make his second consecutive start despite his struggles during Green Bay’s 40-10 loss on Thanksgiving to the Detroit Lions. Pay per head services saw that the player completed only 10 of 20 passes for 139 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. The defense scored the team’s only touchdown while only three points were made by the offense.
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“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,” Flynn said. “We need to throw the ball better, and we need to get some completions.”