Aaron Rodgers Still Not Cleared, Packers Planning For Matt Flynn

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Matt Flynn

This isn’t to say he won’t be cleared, but the Green Bay Packers won’t evaluate Aaron Rodgers until Wednesday.

Coach Mike McCarty laid out the situation during his Monday presser.

“Aaron Rodgers’ situation will be evaluated Wednesday morning and then we’ll have a plan for him Wednesday,” McCarthy said.

In the meantime, the Packers are designing the game plan for Pittsburgh with Matt Flynn in mind.

Flynn has started three games in a row and Sunday was his best performance of the season. Flynn threw for 299 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also led the Packers to scores on five consecutive second-half possessions.

As for Rodgers, we know he thought he could have played on Sunday, but didn’t get medical clearance. Again, a decision probably won’t end up being made until Friday.

Ultimately, that decision is Dr. Pat McKenzie’s.

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31 Comments on "Aaron Rodgers Still Not Cleared, Packers Planning For Matt Flynn"

  1. The Money Mike

    At this point he shouldn’t play…Im serious it becomes not a talent liability, but now an out of synch liability. This is fucking crazy. Either hes more fucked then theyre leading on or he doesn’t want to play.

  2. thatguy188

    They’re not crazy. I’m sure he could play but GB isn’t gonna jeopardize a re-injury to their 110 million dollar guy until the bone is 100% healed. However long that’ll be

  3. rebelgb

    Agree Monkey. Its getting to the point where having him play may throw the offense out of sync. Crazy to think but you have to consider it.

    The games in Green Bay right? If so Matt can win it for us. If its in Pitt id be a bit more concerned. Watched the whole Pitt vs. Cincy game last night and Pitt is still pretty tough at home.

  4. Savage57

    Here’s what my crystal ball said.

    Flynn will take the majority of reps with the 1’s on Wednesday. AR will get cleared, he and Flynn will split reps Thursday and Friday. The plan, unknown to the Steelers, will be to start Flynn and see how he fares. If he plays well he stays in and AR gets another week to heal and get ready for the Bears. If he struggles, AR heads to the phone booth.

    • PF4L

      As always Savage, much respect. If i may, if Rodgers is cleared on Wed. it’s my contention he starts. Now, regardless, as a show of respect to your post. I’d like to treat you to dinner at Favre’s Steakhouse in Green Bay. When i say treat, are you familiar with the term Dine n Dash? Iv’e never done it as it isn’t my style, but i couldn’t imagine a better place to do it.

  5. PF4L

    No shit. I said previously that my guess was, the decision on Rodgers might have already been made. Enough of the game playing. Overall, Flynn has done a decent Job, sans the Detroit game, and had a epic 2nd half yesterday. But make no mistake, when it comes to winning Green Bay Packer football. It’s all about Aaron Rodgers.

    If you watch Rodgers interview from the 12th. It seemed fairly obvious his answers to questions were measured and chosen very carefully. You got the impression he wanted to speak his mind, but he couldn’t.

    Check out the interview at Packers.com, locker room interviews Dec 12th. Whatever the case is, i hope to see him starting against the Steelers.

    • PackAttack

      I think he spoke his mind plenty last Tuesday on his radio show when he used words like “pain…..discomfort……guys aren’t usually back from this type of injury this quick”. That was as negative as he could have possibly been when referring to his own injury. My question to him is “why say it?” — who cares how you really feel, if you really want to play you don’t say that.

      If you really wanna play for your team you tell people your feeling great (even when you feel like shit) cause you wanna play and you wanna prove your a hard nose son of a bitch. When he came off like a cry baby bitch last Tuesday that should have set off some bells. I’m not doubting he’s feeling some shit but why come out and say it like that??

  6. PackAttack

    I’ve been saying it for weeks — there’s something else going on here. I’m not shading one way or the other but either Rodgers doesn’t wanna play or the franchise has planned all along to sit him out the entire regular season since the day he went down. Which to me seems ironically odd to forfeit a roster spot by not placing Rodgers on IR and letting him take first team reps over Flynn last week.

    I don’t understand how Rodgers goes from saying, “I’m getting better everyday and this is my team” to “I’m in pain, having discomfort, not many guys comeback from this type of injury in 4-6 weeks” after the Packers win their first game without him. Then Rodgers pushed his own diagnosis back from what was originally 4-6 weeks to 6-8 weeks to possibly never. He had never complained of pain or discomfort when the team wasn’t winning without him — but as soon as they beat Atlanta at home Rodgers started complaining of pain.

    Like I said, I’m not leaning one way or the other here but it’s very strange how this has all gone down. Even Weston Hodkiewicz of the GB Gazette wrote last week about how something is “off” with this whole process. What does McCarthy or the franchise lose by just coming out and saying what exactly is wrong with Rodgers collarbone? What could they possibly lose?

    Not saying Flynn is a better player than Rodgers but right now Flynn is the better option. In competitive athletics you don’t just “show up” and perform at an MVP-caliber level after sitting for 2 months, this isn’t a video game. The offense is finally n’sync with Flynn, he’s riding a hot hand with a lot of confidence right now while Rodgers has spent two months on a bench complaining of doing “simple motions” — if he’s miraculously cleared for this weekend then you know something is up. You don’t go from being ruled out and not ready to go, in pain doing simple motions and being 6-8 weeks out to all the sudden being ready to rock and roll. It doesn’t work that way. That bone didn’t heal in 4 days.

    I roll with Matt Flynn. He gives you the best chance to win. He’s been out there, he’s riding a mini hot streak, lot of confidence, playing with a chip on his shoulder — the guys all respect him and are rallying behind him. I stick with Flynn — but that’s just me.

    • PF4L

      I agree there’s something going on behind the scenes, as i noted in my earlier post where i listed 19 segments about the contradiction of articles.

      With that said, i don’t believe for a second, Rodgers doesn’t want to play. Although i agree with you, he should have never said he had pain after the 1st few weeks.

      When he was winging 50 yards passes at Ford Field before the Lions game and claiming to be pain free. Everyone thought he’d be back for the next game.

      Now, I think if Rodgers is cleared, he should play. Based on the fact, “IF” we got in the playoffs, i’d want him in, and he’d have 2 games under his belt to knock off the rust.

      Just my .02 I appreciate all the post from true passionate Packer fans that actually still cared about this season after the Bear game. keep the Faith!!

      GO PACK GO!!

    • Abe Frohman

      My guess is that it’s as simple as this: management has already written off the season. They don’t want ARodg to play and risk further injury. There is too much invested in him. They simply cannot say that for fear of alienating the fan base so they won’t admit it publically. It’s the same reason teams won’t ever say they’re rebuilding.

      • PF4L

        Citing the fact they are in a battle for the Division. If that was true. That would constitute a dereliction of duty that would demand the just consequence of dismissal.

        You just don’t give up.

  7. FITZCORE1252

    Idk, Savage. In your scenario you have Rodgers getting cleared, if that’s the case, I don’t see any way he doesn’t get the start. We’re talking Aaron Muthafuggin Rodgers here. It’s just not something I see Ted and Mike agreeing to do, never say never though I suppose.

    • Kozak

      FUCK YOU. Rodgers has been sacked more times then any other QB in the last 4 years and never once whined about it.
      He can’t play till it’s healed. Period. That’s a medical decision.
      It would be fucking moronic to risk long term damage by rushing him back. Now go back to mowing lawns or whatever the fuck you do.

    • PackAttack

      This changes a lot.

      Win 2 and the Pack are in.

      History proves that the hottest team going into the playoffs are usually the best team.

      2010 Packers, 2011 Giants, 2012 Ravens, 2013 Packers?

    • Kozak

      The stars are aligned for the Pack, win and they are in. And what better way then to shit in the Bears cornflakes on Christmas?

  8. The Money Mike

    This:
    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=green-bay-packers&id=5053&src=desktop

    I think its all smoke and mirrors and he was never coming back, and they told him its time to dance to our tune aka investment when the “oh it hurts again shit came out”, so basically their gonna go as far as they can with Flynn and call it a season, maybe they see the writing on the wall with then defense and will take care of it in the off season, idk, but it would make sense not to risk your qb to injury for no playoffs/no Superbowl…which is bullshit

    • PF4L

      I wrote the same about the possibility the decision already being made a couple times. Withe the Lions losing, it’s a new ball game now, we win the next 2, We win the Division. were in week 7 of his fracture, Rodgers is a grown man, let him make the decision with the medical information he’s received. He’s not a fucking child.

  9. The Money Mike

    @Kozak
    Fuck me? Lol. At what point did I say Rodgers was a pussy? I said its management making this decision, after reading other articles today after my first comment this morning, that is the conclusion I came to

  10. 8BitEra

    Not to take anything away from Flynn, but the two teams he beat are the garbage Falcons (barely pulled it off) and the 32nd ranked pass defense in the league and he barely pulled that off too. Would have been beaten by the Cowboy’s if their play caller (Callahan) had any semblance of an idea what they were doing.

    I think part of it is conservative playcalling to start games as Flynn was fairly efficient in both games. But, even Flynn with a “hot hand” is still not as good as Rodgers on any Sunday. 2 months off or not.

    If Rodgers is cleared, you play him. Period.

  11. cd4packers

    I really don’t see that there is much to discuss here. Chances are Rodgers will not be playing this week. Flynn is coming along just fantabulous so I am ok with him starting. I anxious to see if the Pack can go forward with this new attitude and continue winning. Packers could go all the way. They have the talent, and now apparently they have the drive and determination. GO PACK GO!! :) Ahhh, poor jump the gun Wolfie might have to eat his words. :)

  12. rebelgb

    I absolutely 100% agree with PackAttack: NO WAY Rodgers should be talking about “pain and discomfort” a week after he said he was just fine. You dont say that if you are even close to playing. Look ive had my problems with Brett, I was on the Packs side during that whole fiasco, but let me say this; Brett would have been telling the whole world 3 weeks ago he felt “great” and cant wait to “play”.

    Im a bit disappointed.

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