Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out for Week 15 game against Cowboys
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.
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.