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Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 4:14 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It's Saturday, and the Packers have made their decision on starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers status as a starter. And they've ruled him out, naming Matt Flynn the starting quarterback.

This is great news (and it's via Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel) for everyone (unless you're a Packers fan desperate to beat the Patriots or previously wagered your mortgage on this game, thinking Rodgers would lead the Pack to an upset).

For the Packers, it shows that they're taking concussions seriously and that they want to make sure Rodgers' long-term health is their primary concern.

It also means that Rodgers recognizes the same thing regarding his long-term health. And it was probably pretty difficult to sit out against a high-riding Patriots team in a must-win situation for Green Bay, especially when it's on primetime, but he made the right call.

The single biggest problematic factor with brain injuries is repetition with a short timespan -- no single game is worth the long-term health of anyone, much less one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

On the football side of things, Matt Flynn should have his hands pretty full with a Patriots defense that's given up tons of yardage but confused opponents into coughing up lots of turnovers. Graham Harrell's been signed from the practice squad and Anthony Smith was placed on IR to make move for the former Texas Tech standout to move into a backup role.

Because it's hard to expect too much out of Flynn, and because the Pack will likely struggle in the run, it's going to be incumbent on Green Bay's defense to try and stop Tom Brady's offense. So, um, good luck with that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:39 am
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

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Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 6:22 am
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

The Packers did the right thing. The NFL should take the next step and make it mandatory that players have to miss a game.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:15 am
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

I was hoping that the Pats would face the Pack at fair strength then it would be a good game.   Flynn has barely played in his career so I don't think that he will fare well against any NFL team's defense let alone the turn-over hungry Patriot defense.  The Patriot defense may give up a lot of yards but they buckle down when it's important - especially as the season has gone on. 
I do have to commend the Pack management - it's the right thing to do.  Rodgers is the future of the franchise - it would be foolish to have him play if he hasn't healed sufficiently.  Pack fans - I hope we face each other again soon with both teams having healthy teams.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:51 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

Sorry not top 5. He hasnt won a big game yet. Last year in the playoff he chocked. Had Jennings wide open for a touchdown and missed badly. Next play he fumbled the game away. I am a packers fan since 63. He needs to win some more playoff games before you can call him top five.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:40 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

You are a fortune teller?  LOL



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

I'm not a Packers fan, but I enjoy watching Rodgers play.  I know it has to be hard to be a GB fan, and have him sit out.  At the end of the day though if it were my fave teams QB I would probably suck it up, and be ok with this move though.  GB has been decimated with injurys this year.  No doubt in my mind they are a playoff team when healthy.  Thats sports though injurys can derail any teams season, and at end of day I'd rarther play it safe with a good solid QB's health, and have him lead team for years to come, rarther then risk it to maybe make playoffs this year.





Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

Yes



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

one of the best to me means top 6 or so, that would be top 20% and I cant think of 6 I would put ahead of him!



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