The Green Bay Packers are preparing Matt Flynn to be their starting quarterback this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Where Aaron Rodgers stands in his recovery from a broken left collarbone? That will be decided following a Tuesday workout and evaluation with team doctor Patrick McKenzie on Wednesday.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy still didn’t give any indication of whether the franchise quarterback will be cleared. Instead, the Packers’ fate still lies with the 28-year-old Flynn.
“As we plan tonight and tomorrow, we’re planning to play the game with Matt,” McCarthy said. “That’s the way you have to go about it, it’s the same way we went last week. Visiting with Aaron yesterday about where he is, he has hurdles to go over and medically he’s not cleared. So we’re planning for Matt Flynn.”
Flynn was better in Sunday’s 22-21 win over Atlanta than during a woeful showing on Thanksgiving against the Detroit, but still doesn’t read defenses as quickly and decisively as Rodgers.
Still, his showing – 24-of-32 passes for 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception – helped Green Bay steer clear of its first six-game winless streak since 1988 and close within a ˝ game of the NFC North-leading Lions (7-6).
Rodgers has been throwing in practice the past two weeks and put on pads last Thursday for the first time since he first suffered the injury on Nov. 4 against Chicago.
The strength of the shoulder and collarbone remain the primary issue, along with Rodgers’ physical comfort. It’s a similar waiting process the Packers faced last year when Charles Woodson waited nine games to be cleared from his own broken collarbone.
“By the way we’ve always done it that’s with medical clearance,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, when a player is in a rehab position, there’s conversation and obviously all the testing is done. That meeting goes on and ultimately Pat has to clear him. Dr. McKenzie has to clear the player.”
If Rodgers would get cleared, offensive coordinator Tom Clements doesn’t believe the offense would have an issue adjusting midstream to a change at quarterback.
The Packers centered their offense around the no-huddle against the Falcons and Rodgers’ mastery of the offense is without question.
“Well, as far as what would be in or not be in, there wouldn’t be any problem making adjustments,” Clements said. “We wouldn’t make wholesale changes. A lot of the things we’re doing, we’re doing with Matt, we do with Aaron. Maybe tweaked a little bit but not a big deal.”
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