The Green Bay Packers are running out of time, and it’s starting to look like they’re going to have to make their final playoff push without one of the best quarterbacks on the planet.
Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out once again for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Rodgers, who fractured his collarbone in the first quarter against Chicago on Nov. 4, has missed five games since suffering the injury. Sunday’s game in Dallas will make it six.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Friday afternoon that Rodgers feels ready to play, but Packers team doctor, Dr. Patrick McKenzie, made the decision that it was best for Rodgers and the team for him to sit out Sunday.
“[Rodgers] feels like he’s ready to play,” McCarthy said at his Friday press conference. “He’s very disappointed. He’s frustrated, but speaking with Dr. McKenzie, this is the right decision.”
The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers went down with the injury. Since he went down, they have gone 1-4-1 and are in danger of missing the playoffs. Green Bay’s best chance to make the postseason appears to be by winning the NFC North. The easiest way for them to do that would be to win out and have the Detroit Lions lose at least one more game.
Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for the Packers on Sunday.