Tag:Graham Harrell
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 4:14 pm

Packers rule out Rodgers for Sunday; Flynn starts

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.

Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview Packers-Patriots.

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