Flynn starting for Packers at QB vs Falcons

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 2:53 am •  Published: December 7, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will have to try to win for the first time in more than a month without Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers have ruled out their star quarterback for the game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

"Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.

Rodgers hasn't played since breaking his left collarbone early in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.

That was the start of a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) for the Packers, whose playoff hopes are fading with a 5-6-1 record with four games to play.

Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week, including Friday, but still hasn't been cleared to resume playing.

"Aaron's frustrated," McCarthy said. "We're in meetings all day together. There's a conversation each and every day. He's like every other player that's fighting to get back on the field. He has a rehab program, and how he feels going through it is obviously expressed every day. He's frustrated."

The Packers instead spent the week preparing Matt Flynn to make a second straight start at quarterback.

Flynn is looking to bounce back from a rough outing in Green Bay's 40-10 loss at NFC North leader Detroit on Thanksgiving last week.

"The one thing I need to do better?" Flynn said in response to that question being asked after practice Friday. "Play better. I don't think you can really look at any one part of what we did as an offense and say we did it well. We need to throw the ball better, and we need to get some completions."

Flynn completed just 10 of 20 passes for 139 yards with an interception against the Lions. He didn't lead the Packers into the end zone.

Detroit held Green Bay to a season-low 126 total yards, sacking Flynn seven times.

When asked how he has gone about putting that game in the rearview mirror, Flynn replied, "It's easy. Just don't think about it. Just forget about it."

As the fourth starting quarterback for the Packers this season, all in the last month, Flynn feels more at ease going into Sunday's game.

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