Although quarterback Aaron Rodgers felt he was ready to play for the first time since breaking his collarbone on November 4, he is being forced to sit out for the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Mike McCarthy and team doctors will not let him return for Sunday’s game.
McCarthy ruled his star quarterback out after meeting with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie on Friday morning.
“Frankly, it’s been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and Dr. McKenzie,” McCarthy said after Friday’s practice. “He feels like he’s ready to play. He’s had a good week of preparation.”
“He’s very disappointed; he’s frustrated. But speaking with Dr. McKenzie, this is the right decision.”
Rodgers was hopeful after taking increased practice reps on Wednesday and Thursday, saying he felt significantly better.
“The hurdle that I know Aaron wanted to get over, he achieved it this week,” McCarthy said. “He feels really good. He felt like he was ready to play. But listening to all of the conversation, all of the facts and evaluation, it’s in our best interest as a football team, as an organization for Aaron not to play in this game.”
Undoubtedly, this was a tough decision for the coach. Choosing between the possibility of re-injuring your franchise quarterback but likely winning the game and playing the average second string QB can’t be an easy task.
“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. This is clearly a decision that’s made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.”
Second string quarterback Matt Flynn will make his third start for the Packers this season against the Cowboys on Sunday. Flynn led the Packers to their first victory since Rodgers was hurt against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
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