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Aaron Rodgers is Back, but Won’t Be Playing Thursday

Aaron Rodgers: spectating

Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his collarbone. Don’t get your hopes up for him playing when the Green Bay Packers face the Detroit Lions on Thursday, though.

Coach Mike McCarthy said that isn’t going to happen.

“He had a good day practicing, but he’s not going to make it,” McCarthy said. “It’s closer to none than slim. Took part in individual drills. It’s part of the process.”

So who is going to start?

McCarthy said yesterday he’s preparing both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. However, Flynn took the reps with the No. 1 offense on Tuesday.

Despite that, McCarthy hasn’t actually named Flynn the starter.

“He took the starter reps today. And that’s where we are,” McCarthy said.

That’s good enough for us. You should expect Flynn to be under center on Thursday. Hopefully, he can recreate some of the magic he had last time he played the Lions as a member of the Packers.

At the end of the 2011 season, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a shootout. The way the Packers defense is playing right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if this week’s game resembled that one.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. E. Wolf November 26, 2013

    I wonder if this is gamesmanship. . …

    1. Phatgzus November 26, 2013

      You fuckin’ bet it is, Wolfie; just like MM not naming Flynn the starter. We’re about to face the Division leader (boy that feels weird to call the Leos that) on their home turf for the division lead, they know us better than 29 other teams, but they now have to devote at least a small portion of their time/gameplan to stopping A-Rodg, that’s a small advantage for us.

      1. PF4L November 27, 2013

        Yep, part of MM’s master plan of deception to win this game. Putting the Detroit Lions on their heals. Advantage, Green Bay Packers. Pure genius.

        Because MM didn’t name a starter. We don’t know who is starting, nor do the Lions.

        Yea, that’s it.

  2. KazooPackFan November 26, 2013

    I would not be surprised to see QB1 on the field on Turkey day…gobble, gobble!

  3. rebelgb November 26, 2013

    We are fucked.

    1. Vijay November 26, 2013

      I 2nd that emotion
      Take it away Smoky!

    2. E. Wolf November 26, 2013

      You heard it from me first, folks. VERGISS DAS NIEMALS.

      1. Savage57 November 27, 2013


        1. Arcturus November 27, 2013

          He’s kind of saying “never forget” in some kind of low German.

          1. E. Wolf November 27, 2013

            Doch ist es auf Hochdeutsch geschrieben.

    3. Phatgzus November 26, 2013

      Not yet, there’s still some hope; we’ll find out Thursday. Shit, even if we lose, we’re still not mathematically eliminated, especially with the way the Lions have been playing.

  4. Savage57 November 27, 2013

    This news flash gets greeted by a huge sigh of relief, because if he was to play, especially after Josh ‘Little Einstein’ Sitton’s sudden case of verbal dog-water, he’d be coming back to Green Bay in a body bag.

    I’m pretty certain Flynn and Tolzien will be looking for a shiv for Sitton after Mad Dog Suh spikes ’em into Ford Field.

  5. Lisa November 27, 2013

    Wow Savage 57….you are so right. I agree with everything Sitton says, but that was not smart for him to be spouting off. Thank God Arodg will not be on the field after that. Now let’s just hope Sitton can put his money where his mouth is!!!!

  6. rebelgb November 27, 2013

    What did Sittons words do? Absolutely nothing. So because of what Sitton said will the Lions be dirtier than what they were going to be anyways? Will they be somehow ‘more’ pumped up? I doubt it makes any difference.

    If anything maybe it helps get our guys riled up a bit.

  7. E. Wolf November 27, 2013

    Josh Sitton is one of my favs (then again so was big ol’ Scott Wells).

  8. PF4L November 27, 2013

    Scott Wells…A very good football player. A warrior. IMO, A great Green Bay Packer.

    Scott Wells, not one of TT’s best moves. This guy should have stayed a Packer, and retired a Packer. Instead of keeping Wells, TT overpaid for a guy that retired a year or 2 too late. When you get replaced by EDS, you know it’s time to go. If we still had Wells, we’d have a better, and deeper 0 line.

    I appreciate everything S. Wells did for Green Bay, on and off the field.

    1. E. Wolf November 27, 2013

      I have heard Scott Wells was secretly pissed off because he was named starter relatively late, that they kept that other guy at center.
      I still believe in Ted–wish Scott had taken a home town discount or whatever was needed to stay.

    2. Iltarion November 27, 2013

      You are corect, Wolf. Also, Wells was pissed because the coaches actually wanted Jason Spitz to be center, except Spitz could never stay healthy, handing the job to Wells.

      I think EDS is having as good a season as Scott Wells ever had. AND EDS should still get better.

      Letting an undersized center walk rather than commit millions is a NO BRAINER.

      1. PF4L November 27, 2013

        lol, iltarion. When someone says anything negative about TT, what do you do 1st? Grab a tissue, or have a panic attack?

        Iltarion states Wells was undersized. Wells is 6′ 2″ and 302lbs. While EDS is MUCH bigger at 6′ 2″ 308lbs. Moron.

        It should also be noted iltarion didn’t think the Packers had defense and 0 line problems in 2011 because they were 15-1.

        I’ll be waiting to watch EDS get voted into the Pro Bowl iltarion, then when that never happens, i’ll wait some more.

        Btw. Jason Spitz was nothing more than a untalented joke. Jason Spitz was so good, 3 teams released him and TT’s 3rd round bust pick is no longer in the NFL. Yea, Wells was worried about Jason Spitz.

        1. Iltarion November 27, 2013

          No, I don’t, because there are valid criticisms one can make of TT. Scott Wells just isn’t one of them.

          “Undersized” is the way Wells was described by scouts when he hit free agency. Not my words. Theirs.

          I did not say EDS was bigger than Wells. I said he is playing as well as Wells ever did. You said you reviewed game tape, right? Then you should remember both games against Atlanta 2010 and 2011. Wells inability to block Curtis Lofton was the main reason the Packers couldn’t run in either game. Wells was never a good run blocker. He could pass block. I never denied that.

          The Rams gave Wells $13 million in guaranteed money with his 4 year contract. That is quite a difference from the $4 million the Packers paid Saturday for one year. You can’t just compare the yearly salary like the rest of the contract doesn’t matter. It is actually the SALARY that doesn’t really mean anything. The guarantee determines the amount of commitment.

          Jason Spitz hurt his back. That has ended many NFL careers.

          1. Phatgzus November 27, 2013


  9. PF4L November 27, 2013

    I don’t remember the Packers even trying to keep (re-sign) Wells. The bottom line was TT could have kept Wells, for 2 million more than he paid a washed up Jeff Saturday. I always heard 0 lines need cohesion, they had that with Scott Wells. I never heard or read 1 negative thing about Scott Wells as a Green Bay Packer. His talent was never questioned, his integrity, passion was never questioned, but he was shown the door. Resigning him had all the up-side you could think of. Don’t understand it, probably never will. He should have finished his career here.

  10. Iltarion November 27, 2013

    “2 million more than he paid a washed up Jeff Saturday”…

    That is the crux of the problem with your argument. It makes no sense. It is a fake argument, and you know it.

    Unfortunately, Ted Thompson lives in the real world where there is a huge difference between 1 year for $4 million and 4 years for $25.5 million with a $4 million signing bonus and $13 million in overall guarantees. And not in the world of internet commentary, where we can spin the numbers however we want to try and make our argument more convincing.