Will Rodgers face Lions?
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the chances of Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday’s Thanksgiving game at Detroit are “slim to none.”
McCarthy isn’t sure whether he’ll go with Matt Flynn, who rallied the team from a 16-point deficit to a 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings, or Scott Tolzien, who started the past two games but was benched with 8 minutes 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
Rodgers, who suffered a broken left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago, has not played since.
Including their 27-20 loss to the Bears, in which Seneca Wallace took over for the injured Rodgers, the Packers are 0-3-1 without their star quarterback.
“(I) had a meeting with Aaron. He would like to go (against the Lions),” McCarthy said Monday.
“Frankly, based on the information where we are as far as the conversation with Aaron, the conversation with the medical staff, I would say he’s slim to none, to give you what I’m thinking. That’s where we are.”
McCarthy said Rodgers has undergone testing, but refused to elaborate.
After Rodgers went down against the Bears, McCarthy didn’t immediately rule out Rodgers for the following week’s game against Philadelphia, saying, “Let’s not kid ourselves, if he walked in your office and asked for the ball on Saturday, what would you do?”
When reminded of that Monday, McCarthy said, “Well, it’s more than that. Let’s be honest, he’s got to practice. There’s some physical rehab hurdles to get through that he hasn’t reached yet. Like I said, it would be a huge stretch for him to play in this game.”
McCarthy said Rodgers would have to practice on Wednesday, before the team departs for Detroit, to have any chance of playing Thursday at Ford Field.
The Packers (5-5-1) are still in the NFC North race because the Lions (6-5) and Bears (6-5) each lost Sunday.
Despite Rodgers’ injury and the team’s winless streak without him, the Packers could still win the division – a fact Rodgers recognizes.
Asked if he might have to protect Rodgers from himself, McCarthy said, “Well, I think that’s always the case when you’re dealing with Aaron. But, like I said, he has to do some things with the rehab, the rehab group first. … If he doesn’t practice on Wednesday, he won’t play in the game.”
The Packers will practice today and McCarthy said he intends to get both Flynn and Tolzien ready to start against the Lions if Rodgers can’t go.
“We’ve got to get two quarterbacks ready, frankly. This experience that we’ve gone through the last four weeks with a different quarterback in four straight games, we’re taking a hard look at our preparation,” McCarthy said. “Who has the ball at the beginning of the game, we’ll let you know down the line.
“Obviously with four days it’s difficult to get anybody ready, but we’ve got to make sure they’re both ready.”