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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Aaron Rodgers ruled out once again for Steelers game

By on 12/21/2013 03:28:00 PM

Despite a sharp-looking Aaron Rodgers in practice this week, the Green Bay Packers have yet again ruled out the superstar quarterback for Sunday's match up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
"He's not medically cleared," McCarthy said. "That's still the case. As an organization, we don't feel that this is the right time for him to play."
This will the be the seventh consecutive week that Rodgers has been sidelined. Rodgers hasn't seen the field since he fractured his collarbone in week 9 in a game vs the Chicago Bears.  Sunday will mark seven weeks since the injury occurred. Rodgers has been practicing on a limited basis since Nov. 26 and has taken some of Flynn's reps with the No. 1 offense for two weeks.  
"I think Aaron clearly wants to play," said McCarthy. "I mean, he's a very competitive man. The kid's played with injuries, he's a tough guy. Everything was laid out on the table...he understands how the organization feels."
In six starts made by three different quarterbacks, Seneca Wallace (one), Scott Tolzien (two) and Matt Flynn (three), the Packers have gone 2-3-1 without Rodgers and averaging 20.2 points and 362.8 yards.On November 24, Flynn (127 yards and six touchdowns for the Packers this year) was brought in to relieve the struggling Tolzien midway through the 3rd quarter. Flynn rallied the team from a 23-7 deficit at the beginning of the 4th quarter and led the team to a 23-23 tie. On November 27, 2013 it was announced that Flynn will be the starting QB for the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions. Flynn struggled mightily, only completing 10 of 20 attempts for 139 yards with one interception and two fumbles. He was sacked 7 times, including one in the end zone for a safety, and the Packers lost 40-10. Despite the loss, Flynn has won the last two games as the starter and came up victorious the next week vs the Atlanta Falcons with a 22-21 win. Most notably in Flynn's last start, he led the Packers to a 31-36 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week, overcoming a 3-26 deficit.  This week McCarthy announced that Flynn would again be the starter vs the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Despite the Packers' quarterback carousel that has led them to a winning record, Rodgers is anxious and ready to play. Rodgers has been battling for several weeks to return to the field, and has increased his workload on and off the field every week. In the eight games he has played for Green Bay, he has 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns.  

The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) at 4:25pm EST this Sunday at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin.  


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