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Packers rule Rodgers out, Flynn to start

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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As expected, the Green Bay Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for tomorrow's game at New England, meaning Matt Flynn will start, a team spokesman said this morning. Graham Harrell will be promoted from the practice squad to back up Flynn against the Patriots. To make room for Harrell on the roster, safety Anthony Smith (ankle) was placed on injured reserve. The team spokesman said it was a medical decision, which means Rodgers didn't get through all the steps necessary to be cleared. That doesn't necessarily mean he failed any of the series of tests needed to be cleared to play. Even though coach Mike McCarthy on Friday left open the slim possibility that Rodgers might play against the Patriots, it seemed almost certain that he wouldn't given the fact that Rodgers didn't begin attending meetings or practice until Friday. The Packers seemed intent on being extra careful with Rodgers this week, probably because the concussion he sustained last Sunday at Detroit was his second of the season. When he had his first concussion of the season following the Oct. 10 game against Washington, Rodgers was back at the team facility on Wednesday to take the conditioning test -- the first in a series of things a player must do to be cleared -- and then practiced on Thursday and Friday and played that Sunday against Miami. It's not clear if he has even taken the conditioning test yet. Rodgers was still expected to travel with the team to New England for tomorrow night's prime-time game on NBC. This will be the first start Rodgers has missed since he took over as the starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Including playoffs, he has started 46 straight games.  -- Rob Demovsky, rdemovsk@greenbaypressgazette.com http://twitter.com/RobDemovsky

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