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Green Bay Packers Rule Out Jerel Worthy Against Pittsburgh Steelers

December 22nd, 2013 at 2:27 PM
By Sean Tehan

The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) and Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) have officially announced their inactives for Sunday's game at Lambeau Field:

Green BayPittsburgh
QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone)OLB Jarvis Jones (illness)
OLB Nate PalmerDT Hebron Fangupo
OG Lane TaylorCB Isaiah Green
OG/C J.C. TretterQB Landry Jones
DE Jerel WorthyWR Derek Moye
 OG/C David Snow
 LB Jamaal Westerman

Green Bay ruled out Rodgers for the seventh consecutive game on Friday after Rodgers, head coach Mike McCarthy and team physician Pat McKenzie decided it would have been an "extraordinary risk" to start Rodgers against the Steelers this weekend. In Rodgers' place, Matt Flynn will start his fourth consecutive game for the Packers.

Flynn has led the Packers to dramatic comeback victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys over the past two weeks, as the Packers control their own destiny to win a third consecutive NFC North division title. Currently, Green Bay sits a half-game back in the division behind the Chicago Bears (8-6).

Green Bay placed tight end Brandon Bostick (foot) and defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (neck) on the season-ending injured-reserve (IR) list on Saturday. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson hasn't filled Bostick and Jolly's roster spots, meaning Green Bay only had to scratch five players from Sunday's game instead of seven.

Green Bay only has 51 players listed on the active roster and NFL rules mandate that each team can play up to 46 players each game.

In surprising news, the Steelers will be without outside linebacker and first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones after Jones reportedly became ill on Saturday in Green Bay. Pittsburgh is already without Pro Bowl outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley after the Steelers placed the veteran on the IR earlier this week. In Jones and Woodley's place, the Steelers will start Jason Worilds and Chris Carter at both outside linebacker positions.

Steelers and Packers kickoff from Lambeau Field at 3:15 CST. Check your local listings for television coverage.

Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Bostick, Chicago Bears, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, J.C. Tretter, Jarvis Jones, Jerel Worthy, Johnny Jolly, LaMarr Woodley, Lane Taylor, Matt Flynn, Mike McCarthy, Nate Palmer, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

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