Aaron Rodgers will start Sunday for the Green Bay Packers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers and Matt Flynn will make his fifth straight start as Rodgers misses his seventh week in a row with a broken collarbone that has not healed enough to allow doctors to medically clear him.
“As an organization, we are not ready for Aaron to play,” Pacers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “Everything was laid out on the table, and the organization is not ready for him to play.”
Flynn has guided the Packers to a 2-1-1 record in his starts to keep the Packers a half game behind the Chicago Bears, the team who Rodgers was injured against, and host the Packers next week in the regular season finale.
He is coming off his best performance of the year when he threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-36 comeback win at the Dallas Cowboys.
Will Rodgers’ collarbone be healed enough to be cleared? We could know the answer to that the day after Christmas. Packers fans will be hoping for a late Christmas present and the former league MVP will come back and get the Pack into the playoffs.
If the Packers manage to sneak into the postseason, a big thanks you should go to the former LSU Tiger as Flynn has kept the season afloat and allowed the Packers to be cautious with Rodgers rather than risk him coming back too soon and risk reinjuring his collarbone.