Pack QB Rodgers sits out practice, status unclear
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t returned to practice for the Green Bay
Packers, and he might sit out the rest of the week. As of
Wednesday, he hadn’t even been cleared to attend meetings or watch
And Rodgers’ recovery from his second concussion of the season
is only one of the problems facing the Green Bay Packers going into
Sunday night’s game at New England.
The Packers looked like a lock to make the playoffs a few weeks
ago, but last Sunday’s surprising 7-3 loss at Detroit has put their
postseason hopes in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a season filled with
significant injuries keeps getting worse: defensive end Cullen
Jenkins is set to miss his second straight game because of a calf
injury, and the Packers might be down to a third-string outside
linebacker for a road game against the hottest offense in
Is their season about to slip away?
”I’m not discouraged, because we’ve still got an opportunity,”
cornerback Charles Woodson said. ”As long as you’ve got an
opportunity, you control it. We’ve got a big game, and it’s a game
we feel like we can win – and we’ve got to win.”
At this point, it looks like they’ll have to do so without their
Rodgers did not practice Wednesday after sustaining a concussion
in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss. He also sustained a
concussion in an Oct. 10 loss at Washington and played against
Miami the following week.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers would not practice
Thursday, and there is a ”slim-to-none chance” he will practice
Friday before a final decision on his status is made Saturday.
”We understand the importance of the quarterback position, but
this is about Aaron Rodgers, first, No. 1, being healthy,”
McCarthy said. ”And then after that we’ll make a decision on
whether he’ll play or not.”
As of Wednesday, McCarthy said Rodgers wasn’t cleared to attend
meetings or watch game film; for concussion patients, exposure to
electronic screens and lights often is limited because it can make
symptoms worse and prolong their recovery time.
”He did not participate in any meetings,” McCarthy said.
”There are several restrictions and guidelines that the medical
process recommends, and we definitely adhere to those.”
McCarthy said the idea that the Packers’ playoff hopes would be
in trouble with a loss to the Patriots won’t figure into their
decision on Rodgers’ status.
”We’re not going to make a decision medically off of one
game,” he said. ”Everybody knows this is an important game and
our opponent is a very good opponent. So this is clearly a medical
decision in Aaron’s best interest. Once we pass that hurdle and
that decision is made that he is healthy, then we’ll talk about
Aaron Rodgers as part of what is the best football decision.”
Backup Matt Flynn took the majority of snaps in Wednesday’s
practice, with practice squad quarterback Graham Harrell also
getting some work.
Flynn, a seventh-round pick out of LSU in 2008, played OK in
relief of Rodgers on Sunday – although he threw an interception in
the red zone and couldn’t finish off a late-game drive with a
chance to win the game.
He said he’s preparing this week as if he’s going to start.
”I feel good about it,” he said. ”It was a good day at
practice today and I’m excited. I’m just going to go through the
week like I’m definitely going to be playing. Hopefully, Aaron can
get back, but I’m just going to go in there like I’m going to be
playing and prepare like it.”
Flynn said he saw Rodgers on Wednesday morning.
”He seemed fine,” Rodgers said. ”I don’t really know the
symptoms or whatever’s going on but I saw him this morning and he
seemed fine. We had a conversation, just a normal
While Rodgers’ status remains iffy, the Packers ruled Jenkins
out for Sunday and outside linebacker Frank Zombo isn’t likely to
play because of a knee sprain. Zombo, an undrafted rookie free
agent, took over as the starter after a season-ending injury to
Now the job might go to Erik Walden, who was released by Miami
in September and signed with the Packers in October.
Left guard Daryn Colledge may return to practice Thursday after
spraining his knee, and Clay Matthews remains limited in practice
because of a lingering shin injury.
It’s just the latest batch of injury issues for a team that has
13 players on injured reserve, and now must find a way to beat the
”We feel that there’s no room for error,” cornerback Tramon
Williams said. ”Obviously, we’ve got to come out and play our best
football. We haven’t done that the past couple of weeks. But it’s
the NFL. It’s a new week. You show up a different team every week
and hopefully we’ll come out and put a complete game on