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Aaron Rodgers out; Matt Flynn will start against Steelers

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on December 20, 2013 – 12:56 pm

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GREEN BAY–The Packers officially listed Aaron Rodgers as “out” for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Aaron Rodgers has been declared out for the game. As an organization, we feel we are not ready for him to play. He is not medically cleared,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “I thought Aaron Rodgers did everything he could possibly do. He did some really good things in practice. This is where we are.

“Matt Flynn is our starter. He’s ready,” McCarthy said. “We feel we can beat Pittsburgh with our football team. I had hoped Aaron’s situation would progress. We have a very good team coming in here on Sunday,” McCarthy added.

Here’s more from McCarthy’s press conference:

On how Rodgers took the news: “He understands where we are. Everything has been explained, but he obviously wants to play. The kid has played with injuries. He’s a tough guy. He’s done everything he possibly could to try to get back on the field.”

On how Rodgers tried to state his case: “I think Aaron clearly wants to play. He’s a very competitive man. He’s done everything he possibly can from his end of it, but he understands how the organization feels. Everything was laid out on the table, and the organization is not ready for him to play.”

On Randall Cobb: “Looks good. Curious to see how he feels tomorrow. I felt Randall made progress this week. It was good for him to get three days of practice in.”

Cobb is not yet on the active roster. A spot would have to be cleared for him on the 53 if he were to be activated for Sunday’s game. McCarthy did not say whether Cobb would be activated or not.

As for possibly making space on the roster, McCarthy said on Thursday that DE Johnny Jolly’s neck/shoulder injury is “significant,” meaning he would be a candidate for injured reserve. McCarthy also announced on Friday that TE Brandon Bostick’s foot injury will require season-ending surgery.

DE C.J. Wilson returned to practice this week after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

After McCarthy’s press conference, WR Jordy Nelson and G T.J. Lang spoke with reporters and gave their reactions:

“We had a feel for it throughout the week, but we didn’t know for sure,” Nelson said. “I don’t think anyone in this locker room is surprised.

“They’re going to be smart, especially with the type of player he is and what he means to this organization. They’re doing the right thing. We’ll just have to continue to try to go out and play good football, win some more games so we can keep the season alive and give him another week to get healthy and come back.”

Lang added that when Rodgers was taking more scout-team than first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice, the players pretty much figured out where things were headed.

“From that day on, we’re not sitting here playing a guessing game,” Lang said. “We put our trust in Matt, stop focusing on that and move forward.”

The Packers did practice outside in the wind and snow for their team periods on Friday. During practice, the weather resembled what forecasts are calling for on Sunday in Green Bay.

“Everybody has played in snow before,” Lang said. “Today was cold and windy, so it’s difficult, but I don’t think it’s a shock to anybody. For us to go out there today and try to get used to it, that should help us if we get the same conditions on Sunday.”


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