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Aaron Rodgers says he’s ready to play, but Packers say no

Quarterback to miss his sixth consecutive game after breaking his collarbone


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GREEN BAY, Wis. — While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn’t be playing.

“Hey, it’s not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your franchise quarterback he can’t play in the game when he wants to play in the game,” McCarthy said. “This is clearly a decision that’s made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.”

Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke his collarbone early in Green Bay’s defeat against the Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in drills Wednesday and Thursday.

But still not enough to apparently sway the decision to have him play in a critical game for the Packers. This will be the sixth consecutive game Rodgers misses.

“Frankly, it’s been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and (team) Doctor (Pat) McKenzie,” McCarthy said. “(Rodgers) feels like he’s ready to play. He’s had a good week of preparation. (But) he did very little today.

“He’s very disappointed. He’s frustrated. But speaking with Doctor McKenzie, this is the right decision.”

Matt Flynn will make his third consecutive start as the Packers (6-6-1) try to stay in contention for the NFC North title.

Notes

• Washington owner Daniel Snyder was informed of coach Mike Shanahan’s plan to sit down quarterback Robert Griffin III and did not raise an objection to it largely because he took the position that it was a coaching decision that should be made by Shanahan, according to people familiar with the situation.

Adrian Peterson returned to practice Friday for the Vikings with a sprained right foot, but his status for Sunday is questionable. Peterson practiced after being held out Wednesday and Thursday.

• Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last Sunday.

• The Jaguars released veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey after he was late for another meeting. Mincey was inactive for two games and fined last month after showing up late.

• Investigators say the nonlife-threatening stabbing of at least three people in a parking lot at the Denver Broncos’ stadium after the game Thursday night stemmed from a fight over a near fender-bender.



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