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All signs point to Aaron Rodgers missing another game

Scott Tolzien, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn AP

The Packers have not officially named their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. But it sure looks like Matt Flynn will start again, and Aaron Rodgers will miss another week.

Although Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy sounded more optimistic this week than he has in past weeks, Flynn still got most of the snaps with the first-string offense this week.

The Packers’ website noted “pessimism” about Rodgers’ status, while Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com said it sure looks like another week of Flynn as the starter. A source told Adam Schefter that the only way Rodgers will play on Sunday is if something significantly changes with the doctor.

And so as the Packers continue to fight for a playoff spot, it appears it will be Flynn leading the charge. The good news for Green Bay is that with Flynn at the helm, the Packers have won two in a row, and if they win two more in a row, they win the NFC North. But they’d feel a lot better about their odds if they had Rodgers.

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56 Responses to “All signs point to Aaron Rodgers missing another game”
  1. rundmc81 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:28 AM

    Just in time for fantasy championships

  2. emoney826 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:33 AM

    I hate Doctor McKenzie on the packers. He is way too cautious as the team doctor. Any other team in this situation would allow him to play now. We can’t keep gambling with noodle arm Flynn. We got lucky the last two weeks. We need the best player in the NFL back now.

  3. wegogreenbay says: Dec 20, 2013 9:34 AM

    Flynn ole boy needs to put an entire game together, another 1st half dud probably won’t cut it against the Steerlers

    Here’s to a big snowy “W” this weekend! Go Pack Go!

  4. wegogreenbay says: Dec 20, 2013 9:34 AM

    Steerlers? If the Steerlers come to town, I love GB’s chances!

  5. keepongronking says: Dec 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    Rob Gronkowski be like ‘Dude take your time’

  6. superjroch says: Dec 20, 2013 9:38 AM

    This is all a ruse and Rodgers plays on Sunday. #insidesource

  7. jwcarlson says: Dec 20, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’m a Packer fan, and while I think the team has no chance in the playoffs because of their horrible defense… “anything can happen”.

    Their chances of drafting late in the first round are 100%, but their chance of making the playoffs without Rodgers are significantly lower.

    They HAD to win that MN game and failed. Felt like the season was pretty much over at that point as far as playoffs go. If Flynn would have started like he should have they wouldn’t have even needed OT and would have came away with the W. That game was huge.

    Can always hope, though… and the Steelers are very beatable.

  8. ravanator says: Dec 20, 2013 9:38 AM

    Don’t worry Packer fans. You won’t need Rodgers to beat that old, slow, and washed up Steelers team. Just remember they lost to the Titans, Raiders, and Bengals, three of the worst teams in the league.

    #ravensnation
    #steelers=steroids

  9. myasylum11 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:39 AM

    As long as our defense holds, Flynn for the win!

  10. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:40 AM

    I’ve said it numerous times and I was always ridiculed by people. Well, now I’ll say it again: Doctors always over protect patients.

    I told you so.

  11. gsr1191 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:43 AM

    that sucks man. you gotta feel for the guy. Imaging how frustrating it is to feel fine in your throwing arm thinking you can play. only to be told by doctors that there is a risk you could break it again. especially considering this is a must win. Flynn is terrible when he is put under pressure, if the steelers can get in the backfield on sunday i think they win. if not, it will be a shootout, and a coin flip

  12. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 20, 2013 9:45 AM

    If the Packers were trying to sandbag regarding Rodgers’ playing on Sunday – this is exactly how they would (and should) do it.

    Any effective counter-intelligence operation is adroit at successfully feeding misinformation – to its intended targets. There are innumerable examples in war, life, business, social interaction, etc. — but check out Operation Mincemeat for a great example of getting your target to take the bait.

    Will Rodgers play? None of us know for certain. But if Green Bay decision-makers are secretively planning for him to play — they’re setting the table quite nicely up to this point.

  13. f1restarter says: Dec 20, 2013 9:47 AM

    Then the Packers will just have to win with Matt Flynn. After all, he has more victories in the last two weeks than Christian Ponder does for the entire season (and no, the win against the Bears doesn’t count).

    Flynn has really stepped into the leadership role and has the confidence of his teammates and coaches. Undoubtedly, Rick Spielman will be watching this game carefully and is considering signing Flynn to a lucrative long-term contract next season.

  14. maddbearfan says: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 AM

    Depending on the break he has…go too early and it’s not completley healed would not be a good thing.

  15. glac1 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:53 AM

    Three to four inches of snow will be the big factor on Sunday. It will be a neutralizer and come down to who can protect the ball????

  16. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Darn. We were looking forward to ending his career.

  17. jebsta16 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:00 AM

    Maybe Ted can build a team afterall and Mike can coach. Teams that quit and don’t have talent aren’t able to pull two straight comeback wins. This is a special group of guys.

  18. trapshoot says: Dec 20, 2013 10:03 AM

    Better to be cautious with Rdgers than to rush him and possibly end his career.

  19. leatherface2012 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    just wait. by beginning of sept 2014 they’ll still be saying ” well were not sure yet. because he stubbed his toe on the end of the bed”

  20. azarkhan says: Dec 20, 2013 10:13 AM

    All signs point to the Packers missing the playoffs.

  21. temikenthomas says: Dec 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    I’ll say it again.
    If he goes out and gets injured, even seriously, the shoulder will hear by next year.
    I’m a tried and true Packer fan, but I’m concerned about THIS year.
    As a fan, I need to be concerned about my happiness and that happiness exists right now.
    The Packers should feel fortunate that they are in this position.

  22. billh1947 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    Play him until or if he breaks it once again,chances are he will be fine but if he breaks it he has all offseason to heal,with surgery or not.the entire team wants to win the NFC North and make the playoffs making those bonus checks a reality.for the doctor and Ted Thompson being so overly cautious is the same as giving up on the season at this point when Rodgers himself feels great and begs to play.

  23. kabasaman says: Dec 20, 2013 10:23 AM

    Maybe Ted Thompson should pay more than 2 players. That might make more sense than paying 2 superstars. the rest of the team is just “Mediocre”…..at best.

  24. brett76 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    Well we will see if a few hours because 1 radio station in Green Bay is saying the Packers will announce today Rodgers will be starting

  25. cags777 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    Not to worry, Packers fans. The NFL loves the team and will do whatever it can to ensure your team is making it to the playoffs.

  26. clelek05 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    No!!! Come on Rodgers. Discount Freaking Double Check already

  27. chawk12thman says: Dec 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    Sorry to hear this speculation. Hope Flynn will play well and give GB a chance to win, if this comes to fruition. Really want to see Rodgers get back out there……….Still sitting on my Fantasy Bench.

  28. diehardpackfan says: Dec 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    It’s just as well…that poor, non-blocking O-line is going to get some Packer QB killed.

  29. purpleguy says: Dec 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    What the heck, doesn’t Rodgers drink any milk?

  30. vikingsfan4life says: Dec 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    He’s no Brett Favre. #Fragile

  31. GenXJay says: Dec 20, 2013 11:19 AM

    rodgers doesn’t have the love for the game like Lord Favre.
    thus, it has come to fruition why Lord Favre refused mentoring ShAaron.

  32. leatherface2012 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    what if this happens every year in the 2nd game for the next 18 years (rodgers career) they’ll be in deep doo-d00

    by the way can any packer fan who adored favre like a god, tell me when rodgers will hit 297 consecutive starts? at 16 games a season, that would take ummm 18.5 seasons. will he play till he’s 48? doubt it

  33. leatherface2012 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    all signs point to him singing, meeting kids at miller park, or knocking on doors with cameras following him around. oh and either no playoffs or 1 and done

  34. conormacleod says: Dec 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    2-4-1 without Rodgers. And it took a complete meltdown from Dallas to get the last win. Don’t kid yourselves on that “great” comeback.

    Be honest with yourselves. How many of you would actually bet your own money that the Packers are going to finish 4-0 and make the playoffs? I wouldn’t bet $1.

  35. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    Rodgers= one man army!!

  36. faultylogic29 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    I understand Rodgers being out for the full 8 weeks or whatever it may be. In fact I’m glad he’s being kept out that long to protect him. He’s going to be around much longer than this year.

    And I’m glad the team keeps hope alive every week, whether it be because he actually has a chance of playing or to make the opposing team prepare for him.

    But man, every week feels like a missed opportunity going into the game. I’d rather have known right away he’d be out this long. This is more frustrating than a broken bone…

  37. leatherface2012 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    i bet rodgers doesnt hit 4000+ yards or 50 tds like manning. hmmmm faking it?

  38. idratherbedeadandcoldthengreenandgold says: Dec 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    What a diva this clown is. Soft and a diva and playing for the WORST fan base in all of sports.

  39. justafanofitall says: Dec 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    They need to get it right with his shoulder…go back too soon and get hit (odds are for that with the O Line)….could mean surgery or not Rodgers in 2014. Flynn will win only if the “D” gets their act together and McCarthy calls plays that help Flynn out…quick passes and running Lacy….or he’ll have a sore back side. Blame first half of Dallas game to play calling….too many long pass patterns and O Line didn’t hold up.

  40. theytukrjobs says: Dec 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    I like how Packer fans try to put this on the doctor being too cautious. Rodgers is not that tough. You can’t tell me Favre wouldn’t be out there in the same situation.

    It was a 4-6 week injury, and his was said to be on the minor side. Non throwing arm. Buck up and get out there.

  41. twonis says: Dec 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    1 thing I think everyone is ignoring in grasping what is happening here: Derek Sherrod.

    Had Derek Sherrod been shown more caution with regards to his broken bone injury he would have been playing all this season. Instead, he ended up in a seemingly endless (until recently) cycle of healing akin to what we saw last year with Gronk.

    The docs for the Pack are different in that they are NFL docs but they can still get hit with malpractice suits. They still need to exercise professional caution that has no bearing whatsoever on the Win/Loss columns. Beyond that, there are considerable insurance policies in place when you are dealing with a $100M player. If the doc says no then that’s it– He don’t play.

    As a Packer fan I absolutely want 12 out on the field, but I’m not about to start taking shots at his toughness or heart. Guy’s proven he’s a warrior and this is killing him more than anyone else. Guaranteed.

  42. fartweasel says: Dec 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    Drama queen who loves that some fanatic packer fans desire him so. Rodgers is loving this attention and his injury just perpetuates his arrogance. I truly hope he plays so we don’t have to hear about poor aaron any longer.

  43. txpackfan52 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:21 PM

    My 2 cents (for what that’s worth):

    If the doctors are concerned that he may break it again because he isn’t fully healed, sit him. Not trying to call out my fellow Packers fans, but we are talking about a PERSON. Some say, “if he reinjures it, he can heal in the off-season”…some say, “…even if he has to have surgery…” Really?? Yes, his job is to play football, but think about the pain he would have to endure. Fantasy football be damned. One former pro athlete said something like this, “The only minor surgery, is surgery that happens to someone else.”

    Aaron’s health should take top priority.

    That said, I hope he’s healthy and can play.

  44. allday420ap says: Dec 20, 2013 12:26 PM

    All signs point to him being a coward

  45. steelcurtainn says: Dec 20, 2013 12:42 PM

    Steelers 27-20.

  46. lawyermalloy says: Dec 20, 2013 12:43 PM

    Don’t believe it, Rogers will start!

  47. dontcensormebro says: Dec 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    “Why would I go anywhere when Ryan Braun has the jacuzzi hot and the fine wine chilled? (Giggle, giggle!)”

    -Aaron Rodgers, in his own words

  48. mooberry123 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:55 PM

    So much for this “out for 3 weeks” stuff…now it’s “Gotta be medically cleared” stuff…SMH. I’m not calling Rodgers soft because I know he can take big hits but this talk EVERY week as to if he’s gonna play is at the point of complete buffoonery! Packer fans would not have been mad had they just shut him down and been done with it weeks ago….

    Spew all the hate on Favre you want….As a fan of the Packers I couldn’t care less about his waffling on retirement, pain killers, text messages or anything else. What I know for certain is that with the DIVISION on the line for a HOME playoff game he WOULD BE PLAYING!

  49. favrelous says: Dec 20, 2013 12:56 PM

    Football is more fun to watch with Aaron Rodgers playing. I enjoy watching the Packets lose, but this sucks.

  50. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 20, 2013 12:57 PM

    And to worsen matters, Johnny Jolly, the formidable run stopper, has a neck injury that will end his season. The football gods appear to be saying NO to Green Bay this year. Crazy!

  51. jolink653 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    I don’t understand everyone calling Rodgers a wimp for not playing. You don’t think he wants to be in there? And if he’s not medically cleared and goes anyway, he could risk a career-ending injury if he gets hit the wrong way, and then he loses all his future earnings and the Packers lose the best QB in football. And I’m not even a Packers fan, and I have Rodgers on my fantasy bench too, but you can’t have him in there if there’s a change of reinjuring that collarbone

  52. duece5 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    twonis says: Dec 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    1 thing I think everyone is ignoring in grasping what is happening here: Derek Sherrod.

    Had Derek Sherrod been shown more caution with regards to his broken bone injury he would have been playing all this season. Instead, he ended up in a seemingly endless (until recently) cycle of healing akin to what we saw last year with Gronk.

    The docs for the Pack are different in that they are NFL docs but they can still get hit with malpractice suits. They still need to exercise professional caution that has no bearing whatsoever on the Win/Loss columns. Beyond that, there are considerable insurance policies in place when you are dealing with a $100M player. If the doc says no then that’s it– He don’t play.

    As a Packer fan I absolutely want 12 out on the field, but I’m not about to start taking shots at his toughness or heart. Guy’s proven he’s a warrior and this is killing him more than anyone else. Guaranteed.

    duece5 says:

    Not sure where you get your information twonis, but a team doctor can be sued for malpractice for a private or public team. You can personally sue ANYONE in this country…..doesn’t mean you win the suit obviously.

    I believe the doctor for gbay is being cautious simply because the amount of rash injuries that the packers have had, sheds light on the medical/training side of things for gbay…..track record is awful.

    Either that, or she (Erin) is who we thought she was…..S O F T.

  53. duece5 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    dontcensormebro says: Dec 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    “Why would I go anywhere when Ryan Braun has the jacuzzi hot and the fine wine chilled? (Giggle, giggle!)”

    -Aaron Rodgers, in his own words

    duece5 says:

    One of the best posts ever!!!!

    Well done dontcensormebro, WELL DONE!

  54. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 20, 2013 1:50 PM

    I’M WATCHING THE PRESS CONFERENCE NOW:

    AARON ROGERS IS OFFICIALLY OUT FOR THE GAME!!!!

  55. tarkentin says: Dec 20, 2013 2:26 PM

    Ponder>Rogers

  56. twaang2013 says: Dec 21, 2013 1:57 PM

    dead and cold, do you even understand the difference between THEN and THAN. Your ignorance of language is only surpassed by your inordinate concept of what true fans versus fanatics represents.

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