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Rodgers declared out for Falcons game

Dec. 6, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches from the sideline during the Nov. 24 game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches from the sideline during the Nov. 24 game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, recovering from a broken left collarbone, has been declared out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.

Speaking after Friday's practice, coach Mike McCarthy said simply that Rodgers "is not ready to go."

McCarthy later added:

"Aaron is frustrated. Weíre in meetings all day together. Itís a conversation each and every day. He has a rehab program. How he feels going through it is expressed every day. Heís frustrated.

"Couldnít tell you if players hoped heíd be back this week. We game-planned just like we have the last four, five weeks. We donít sit around and hope on things. Everybody has a very good understanding if youíre competing to be active, itís important to know where he is."

Practice and game status

Probable: LT David Bakhtiari (illness), TE Brandon Bostick (concussion), LB Jamari Lattimore (quadriceps), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), LB Nick Perry (foot).

Questionable: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (ankle).

Out: QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle)

More from McCarthy

Other highlights from McCarthy's press conference on Friday:

♦ Dietrich-Smith wasnít ready today. Weíll see tomorrow where he is.

♦ Weíve been able to practice (with offensive line backups) the last two days, so I feel weíre ready to go if (Dietrich-Smith) canít play

♦ I thought (quarterback) Matt (Flynn) had a good day today. We heavily installed red-zone (offense) yesterday. In the move-the-ball segment, he did well.

♦ We were (outside) on (Ray) Nitschke Field today. Went outside for team (drills). The footing was good. Best field in Wisconsin. No disrespect to Lambeau. Itís in great shape.

♦ (Talking about the Packers' new workout facilities at Lambeau Field.) Itís excellent. Itís first class, just like youíd imagine. The functionality, we definitely hit the mark there. The ability to keep it close to the locker room. You always worry about it changing schedule, thatís why we waited until after Thanksgiving. I thought the organization did an incredible job making that process seamless. The cafeteria and the weight room and playersí new area, itís very well done. I canít say enough good things about it.

♦ We expect to win each and every week. Weíre realistic of why weíre in this predicament (at 5-6-1). Iím very pleased with this week of preparation. For as poorly as we played on Thanksgiving, we came back very fresh this week.

♦ I got to see (injured wide receiver) Randall (Cobb) a little bit today. Really, heís obviously not ready this week. Tuesday will be a big day. Thatís the day we looked at for his availability.

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