Posted December 13, 2013

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out for Week 15 game against Cowboys

Green Bay Packers, NFC North
Green Bay has gone 1-4-1 without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback this season.

Green Bay has gone 1-3-1 without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback this season. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Aaron Rodgers will miss his sixth consecutive game after the Packers listed him as “out” on their injury report Friday for this week’s game in Dallas. That means another start for backup Matt Flynn, who threw for 258 yards in Green Bay’s Week 14 victory over Atlanta.

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Friday that while Rodgers took the field for practice with his team, he did not participate in any full 11-on-11 drills and he sat out when the Packers worked on their two-minute offense. Rodgers had said earlier in the week that he would not be able to play against the Cowboys without going through a full practice.

“Aaron Rodgers is declared out for Sunday’s game. It’s been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and Dr. McKenzie,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference Friday. “He’s very disappointed. He’s frustrated. He was not scanned this morning. He felt like he was ready to play. It’s in our best interests as a football team for Aaron not to play.”

Rodgers broke his collarbone early in a Week 9 game against the Bears. Seneca Wallace replaced him in that game, a Green Bay loss, only to suffer an injury of his own the following Sunday. The Packers then signed Flynn to compete with Scott Tolzein for the starting job.

Flynn finally won it with a relief performance against Minnesota, as he stepped in and rallied the Packers from 16 points down for a 26-26 tie. But he was just 10-of-20 in a blowout loss on Thanksgiving Day before bouncing back against the Falcons.

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Another week out of the lineup for Rodgers increases the likelihood that the Packers will shut him down for the duration of the 2013 season to avoid possibly reaggravating the existing injury.

Despite going 1-3-1 in games started by Wallace, Flynn or Tolzein and losing that contest to the Bears after Rodgers exited, Green Bay has managed to stay within a half-game of first place in the underwhelming NFC North. However, a loss in Dallas on Sunday coupled with a Detroit or Chicago victory would push the Packers 1.5 back headed into Week 16. Should it come to that, the risk of playing Rodgers may outweigh the potential reward.

The Packers did receive some positive injury news on running back Eddie Lacy, who is expected to suit up and start despite a lingering ankle ailment. He could find ample room to run against the Cowboys’ shoddy defense, which will be without standout linebacker Sean Lee, who’s dealing with an injury of his own.

18 comments
Mark112
Mark112

It's just as well; the Cowboys will thump Green Bay with or without Rodgers. The only Packer QB that could consistently beat Dallas was Bart Starr; Favre used to make a fool out of himself whenever the Pack played Dallas.

riley8
riley8

Romo will throw for 400 yards and 5 td's in a late 4th quarter 35-34 lead.  With 3 minutes to play he will throw a pick 6 and the Cowgirls will lose 41-35.  Sound familiar?  

markdyemark
markdyemark

this is a great relief to Dallas, as they will only lose by 8 points now

Michael85
Michael85

Doesn't matter. With or without Rodgers, Packers will beat Cowboys. After Dallas loses to Packers, they will beat both the Redskins & Eagles & immediately lose their 1st playoff game. Same ol' Dallas. The trend of going 8-8, 9-7, 10-6 & then losing its first playoff game will continue until Jerry Jones hires a real GM.

rh2000
rh2000

Doesn't matter the Cowgirls are toast!  They won't win another game most likely

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

It matters not.  Flynn will shred the Cowboys who have juuuuuuust about quit on the season.  

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

Well they you go. Tough break, but even if they make the playoffs, they'd probably play Carolina at home. Meaning they'd play a dynamic QB that can run and a defense that's ferocious. Might as well pop in a repeat of last year's SF-GB game from January.

cowpie101
cowpie101

@ElvisHitler Not the same thing…not even close.  DRose, with the support of the Bulls organization that cleared him to play, chose not to play for an entire season.  All indications are that ARod is looking to play and the Packers won't let him.

Mark112
Mark112

@PhillyPenn 

Flynn won't make it to halftime. The Green Bay defense is comprised of a bunch of overrated wimps. The Niners proved that to the world-twice. 

Millionsix
Millionsix

@Mark112 Jerry Jones couldn't buy enough cowgirls to match the balls of Brett Favre.  In fact, Dallas fans shouldn't be allowed to utter the great one's name.

Mark112
Mark112

@ElvisHitler

You're thinking of the Samuel L. "The Racist" Jackson character from "Unbreakable," which is a great movie. In addition, you are a complete and utter moron. 

Summy
Summy

ElvisHitler apparently knows as much football as AdolfHitler.