GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will play another game without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers ruled out an injured Rodgers on Friday for the road matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Rodgers has been sidelined since he suffered a broken collarbone early in Green Bay's loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday.
But coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Friday that the decision to hold Rodgers out for a sixth straight game was made in the best interest of the team's franchise quarterback. McCarthy said Rodgers had a good week of preparation but did very little in practice Friday.
The decision to declare him out for the game came as a disappointment to Rodgers, McCarthy added.
Matt Flynn will make his third straight start in place of Rodgers as the Packers (6-6-1) try to stay in contention for the NFC North title with three games left.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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