Aaron Rodgers replaced by Matt Flynn
Rodgers sustained the injury against the Chicago Bears on November 4. Although on Tuesday he was present during practice and did participate in it, he was still not cleared to play the game. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy seemingly will not rush his starting quarterback back into action as hasting players back on field after just mended injuries tends to results in aggravated injuries that take more time to heal and in some cases this season has resulted in season ending injuries.
Although the Packers stand at 0-3-1 in his absence, McCarthy might be bringing him back when he has completely healed.
Flynn managed to make it a 26-26 draw against the Vikings. Seneca Wallace was shifted to injured reserve owing to a groin injury and Scott Tolzien was ruled out.
Flynn’s performance has been far better than Wallace or Tolzien although it is not comparable to Rodgers. He managed to pull back the Packers from 23-7 on Sunday’s match during the fourth quarter, scored a touchdown and completed 21 from the total of 36 passes and covered 218 yards.
Flynn seemed optimistic about his starting position as quarterback and was happy with being the starter, hoping to make the most out of the opportunity.
“I'm very comfortable. Feel good with the playbook, feel good with the game plan, and I feel ready to go,” Flynn said. “You know, I'm light-years ahead of where I would be three weeks into any other system, obviously, because of the time I spent here.”
Chances are that the Packers might have Rodgers back on the field for the December 8 game on Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons. In that case, the Packers might fare much better than the other games. With most of the other players on injured reserve or out of the season and among which a vast majority are the starters, they will need every able player to stand up and do his part to make the team win.