Rodgers ruled out; Flynn to get first start

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 18, 2010 – 12:48 pm

QB Aaron Rodgers has been downgraded to out for Sunday night’s game at New England. Third-year pro Matt Flynn will make his first NFL start.

Rodgers had been listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, but the team announced on Saturday that Flynn would start. Practice-squad quarterback Graham Harrell was signed to the active roster to serve as Flynn’s backup. To make room on the roster for Harrell, S Anthony Smith was placed on injured reserve.

Flynn, drafted in the seventh round in 2008 out of LSU, has been Rodgers’ backup since joining the Packers. His most significant in-game action came last week, when he played the final series of the first half and all of the second half at Detroit after Rodgers left the game with a concussion. He completed 15-of-26 for 177 yards with an interception.

By sitting out, Rodgers will see his consecutive games streak of starts end at 45 (46 including playoffs). He had started every game since taking over as the starter at the beginning of the 2008 season.

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