Setback for Rodgers; Packers start Flynn again
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb lays on the ground after being injured in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
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Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to play this week, and he acknowledged experiencing a setback last week in his rehab.
Rodgers, out since breaking his collarbone in a Nov. 4 game against the Chicago Bears, felt pain while practicing with the team last Wednesday, he said Tuesday on WAUK-AM radio.
"I shouldn't be having pain doing some of the simple movements," Rodgers said. "It didn't get better as the week went on. I tried a lot on Wednesday; it didn't feel good. ...
"It's frustrating, very frustrating. I was trying to push it before science tells you before it's possible."
Rodgers acknowledged that he probably would miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, but he would not rule himself out for the remainder of the season.
"I'm going to practice tomorrow and try and do some of things I did last week without pain," Rodgers said Tuesday. "See how my body responds to it on Thursday and go from there."
The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers got hurt early in the Chicago game. Green Bay lost that day, the start of a 1-4-1 run.
Matt Flynn is expected to start at quarterback for Green Bay again Sunday.
Coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that the team was getting ready to prepare Flynn for another start at quarterback when the Packers play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
"As we plan tonight and tomorrow, we're planning to play the game with Matt," McCarthy said. "That's the way you have to go about it. It's the same way we went last week."
Rodgers missed a fifth straight game when the Packers ended a five-game winless streak by rallying in the second half for a 22-21 win over the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
A two-yard touchdown pass from Flynn to tight end Andrew Quarless early in the fourth quarter decided the outcome after Green Bay trailed 21-10 at halftime.
The Packers not only won for the first time since they lost Rodgers, but they moved within a half game of the NFC North lead. The Detroit Lions dropped to 7-6 with a loss at Philadelphia, just ahead of the 6-6-1 Packers and the 6-6 Chicago Bears, who were to play Dallas on Monday night.
"We knew going into this (game Sunday) that we needed to win this game, for one, and keep winning on after, but we also knew we needed some help from somewhere," Flynn said after going 24-for-32 passing for 258 yards against the Falcons.
Flynn overcame five sacks and two turnovers, including an interception that was returned 71 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in the final seconds of the first half, to win for the first time in two games as Green Bay's fourth starting quarterback this season.
A third straight start for Flynn could be in the works.
"Visiting with Aaron yesterday about where he is, he has hurdles to go over, and medically he's not cleared," McCarthy said Monday. "So, we're planning for Matt Flynn."