Matt Flynn to start for Packers; Aaron Rodgers out
NOV 27, 2013 12:27p ET
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday what was becoming increasingly obvious as the week went on: Aaron Rodgers is out and Matt Flynn will be the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback on Thanksgiving in Detroit.
"Matt Flynn will be the starter tomorrow," McCarthy said. "He's taken all the starter reps this week and he's ready to go."
With Rodgers still less than four weeks removed from breaking his left collarbone, the Packers will turn to their fourth starting quarterback in the past five games. Seneca Wallace was the team's original backup, but a groin injury on his first series as the starter led to him being placed on injured reserve. Practice-squad callup Scott Tolzien started the next two games, but he was benched in the second half in favor of Flynn on Sunday against Minnesota.
After Green Bay played to a tie with the Vikings in five quarters of football and then had a very shortened week to plan for Thursday's kickoff with the Lions at 11:30 a.m. CT, McCarthy chose Flynn over Tolzien once Rodgers wasn't medically cleared.
"First, Monday we wanted to make sure Aaron had an opportunity to get down on the field and work," McCarthy said. "Then as a staff, as we went through the plan, Matt took the starter reps from Day 1. It's like anything, you just wanted to make sure. I was more focused on getting them both ready, as I stated on Monday."
The Packers haven't won a game since Rodgers' injury, going 0-3-1 thus far. That skid has dropped Green Bay from sitting atop the division with a 5-2 record one month ago to 5-5-1 and getting dangerously close to potentially missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Joining Rodgers on the sideline for this game will be running back Johnathan Franklin (concussion/neck), inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps) and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (ankle), all of whom have been ruled out. Tight end Brandon Bostick is questionable after suffering a concussion Sunday.
The Packers should have cornerback Sam Shields, outside linebacker Nick Perry, right tackle Don Barclay and defensive lineman Johnny Jolly available, as those four are listed as probable after missing game action in recent weeks.
"Really, the guys who have come back -- Nick Perry, Sam Shields and Don Barclay, as far as the amount of work that we were able to get down the past two days on the field, it has been in limited fashion as far as the workload," McCarthy said. "I'm encouraged. I trust that they feel good and they're ready to go. Hopefully nothing changes between now and tomorrow."
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