The Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) will be without their Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a sixth consecutive game against the Dallas Cowboys, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy officially ruled Rodgers out for Sunday after a meeting on Friday morning with Packers' team physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie.
"It's been a difficult morning going through conversations with (Rodgers) and Dr. McKenzie," McCarthy said on Friday. "He (Rodgers) feels ready to play, he's very disappointed and he's very frustrated, but after speaking with Dr. McKenzie, it's the right decision. It's not easy telling your franchise quarterback you're not playing the game, but I believe it's in the best interest for him not to play."
Rodgers hasn't played in a game since breaking his collarbone in a week nine loss to the Chicago Bears. With a shuffled starting quarterback group of Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn, the Packers are 1-4-1 in games where Rodgers did not finish and all three replacement quarterbacks have combined to throw three touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
McCarthy said Rodgers believed he was ready to play before Friday's meeting with Dr. McKenzie, but McCarthy said he is "definitely OK" with the decision to rule Rodgers out for Sunday. In Rodgers' place, the Packers will start Flynn for a third consecutive game.
"I thought Matt Flynn had his best practice today," McCarthy said. "Flynn was sharp today." Against the Atlanta Falcons in the Packers' previous game, Flynn completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards, threw one touchdown pass and one interception.
Packers' rookie running back Eddie Lacy sprained his ankle in Green Bay's win over the Falcons, but McCarthy expects Lacy to play in Dallas this weekend. "Eddie's bright," McCarthy said. "Football comes natural to him and he will be ready to play Sunday."
Green Bay is a half-game back of the Detroit Lions (7-6) and Chicago Bears (7-6) in the NFC North. The Packers and Cowboys will kickoff from Cowboys Stadium in Dallas at 3:25 CST on Sunday, check your local listings for television coverage.
In Other Injury News: Packers' defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle) has been ruled out against Dallas…outside linebackers Mike Neal (abdomen) and Nick Perry (foot) were both limited participants in Friday practice, but both players are probable to play against the Cowboys…center Evan Dietrich-Smith (ankle), linebacker Brad Jones (ankle) and linebacker Jamari Lattimore (knee) have not been ruled active or out for Sunday and are game-time decisions.
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