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With Rodgers still out, Packers will start Flynn
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third consecutive game and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers’ fourth starting quarterback of the season Thursday when the Packers play the Lions in Detroit.
The Associated Press
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third consecutive game and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers’ fourth starting quarterback of the season Thursday when the Packers play the Lions in Detroit.
Rodgers, who suffered a fractured left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago, practiced Tuesday but was ruled out by coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday. The Packers have gone 0-3-1 without him.
After starting Seneca Wallace in the team’s first game without Rodgers and third-stringer Scott Tolzien for the next two games after Wallace landed on injured reserve with a groin injury, McCarthy will turn to Flynn, who rallied the team to a 26-26 tie against the Vikings on Sunday.
Both Wallace and Flynn are former Seahawks.
Flynn brought the Packers back from a 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit against the Vikings, completing 21 of 36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.
“I’m very comfortable. Feel good with the playbook, feel good with the game plan, and I feel ready to go,” said Flynn, who was Rodgers’ backup from 2008 through 2011 and re-signed with the team Nov. 12 after Wallace’s injury. “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. I’ve been hitting the playbook hard and studying, and asking a lot of questions from Aaron, all the receivers, linemen — how they want things called, and how they want the operation to go. So I feel good.”
The Packers (5-5-1) are hoping Rodgers will return for their Dec. 8 game against Atlanta at Lambeau Field. Their hope is to stay in the NFC North race until Rodgers returns.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is challenging Drew Brees to come beat the 49ers fair and square — and Whitner hopes that is a playoff date in January.
Whitner is still irked that officials called linebacker Ahmad Brooks for a personal foul on Brees late in a 23-20 loss at New Orleans on Nov. 17.
What would have been a lost fumble instead kept the ball in the Saints’ possession, and they soon kicked two late field goals.
Brooks, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing on the play, was fined $15,570 by the league last week and appealed.
Whitner insists Brees “can’t take a hit” and that the call cost his team the game.
• Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) went through a light practice and will play against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
• Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle) said he plans to play when the Denver Broncos visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
• Robert Griffin III stood up for RG2, saying anyone criticizing the quarterback’s father for being in the Redskins’ locker room “needs to back off.”
• Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (hip) was put on on injured reserve. Vickerson is the second defensive starter to get hurt this month, joining safety Rahim Moore (leg), put on recallable IR.
• Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez said their client won’t answer accusations in a federal lawsuit filed by a Miami man who says the former star NFL tight end shot him in the face outside a Miami strip club.