All signs point to Aaron Rodgers missing another game

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.

56 responses to “All signs point to Aaron Rodgers missing another game

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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????

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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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