Posted on 31 December 2011.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t say Friday if quarterback Aaron Rodgers will sit out Sunday’s normal-season finale against the Detroit Lions to rest up for the playoffs.
“The most essential factor with Aaron is he’s ready to play,” McCarthy said. “It’s critical for the quarterbacks we repped all 3 of them this week. So I’d like to see all 3 of them play in the game, is the initial plan as we started the week.”
Rodgers didn’t shed any light on if he would take any snaps.
“I’m going to leave it up to Mike,” he stated.
The playoff-bound Lions (10-5) can secure the No. five seed in the NFC playoffs by winning at Green Bay for the first time given that 1991, but the Packers (14-1) don’t have something riding on the final score against their longtime rivals, having clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field benefit.
“It ain’t the finish of the globe,” mentioned Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who’s probable to play Sunday with a knee injury. “We’ve nevertheless got them playoffs.”
If Rodgers sits, the Packers would count on a mixture of Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell to lead the NFL’s leading-ranked scoring offense. Rodgers would miss just his second game in four seasons as the starter.
Flynn, a fourth-year pro, created his only NFL start off Dec. 19, 2010, with Rodgers out due to the fact of a concussion. Flynn played nicely in the game, a prime-time matchup on the road against the heavily favored New England Patriots, who hung on for a 31-27 win.
“I want to see Matt Flynn play like he did in New England, but take it a step further — win the game,” McCarthy mentioned.
Three other crucial offensive players had been ruled out: running back James Starks (knee/ankle), receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb (groin) and receiver Greg Jennings (knee). The Packers also listed right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) as doubtful. Linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle) and cornerback Charles Woodson (knee) are questionable.
Defensive end Ryan Pickett and left tackle Chad Clifton were each listed as probable and are expected to play. Pickett missed the final two games simply because of a concussion. Clifton hasn’t played considering that suffering a hamstring injury Oct. 9 and then a back injury throughout his rehab function.
For a total look at all injuries around the league, go to NFL.com’s injury page.
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