Rodgers to sit against Steelers

Updated: December 20, 2013

Green Bay, WI ( – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers will again watch from the sideline on Sunday when his teammates take
on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers was limited in practice Friday and
has not yet been medically cleared to play as the former MVP continues his
recovery from a fractured collarbone.

Matt Flynn will again get the start Sunday with Rodgers set to miss a seventh
straight game.

“I thought Aaron Rodgers did everything he possibly could, but this is an
organizational decision,” said McCarthy on Friday. “As an organization we are
not ready for him to play. I’m not going to get into ifs and buts and who made
what decision. Matt Flynn is the starter and we’re excited to play the
Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Rodgers has been practicing in earnest each of the last two weeks. He had
hoped to play last Sunday against Dallas, but remained sidelined and watched
as Flynn rallied the Packers to a 37-36 victory that kept Green Bay’s playoff
hopes very much alive.

The Packers now control their own postseason destiny, as wins over the
Steelers and Chicago Bears over the final two weeks would give Green Bay the
NFC North title.

Flynn has led Green Bay to back-to-back victories, both one-point decisions.
The Packers held on for a 22-21 win over Atlanta in Week 14 before last week’s
23-point rally against the Cowboys. Over those two starts, he has completed
50-of-71 passes for 557 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.

Rodgers has not played since sustaining his injury on the opening drive of
Green Bay’s eventual 27-20 loss to rival Chicago on Nov. 4. The Packers
proceeded to go 0-3-1 over the next four weeks with their star signal-caller
on the shelf, before to turning things around the past two games.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy was also limited in practice and listed as
probable as he battles an ankle issue. Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly won’t
play because of a shoulder/neck injury.