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Rodgers ruled out to start at QB for PackersSubmitted: 12/13/2013
Rodgers ruled out to start at QB for Packers
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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.




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