While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn’t be taking snaps on Sunday.
“Hey, it’s not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your franchise quarterback he can’t play in the game when he wants to play in the game,” McCarthy said after practice Friday. “This is clearly a decision that's made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.”
Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke 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 still not enough to apparently sway the decision to have him play in a critical game for the Packers. This will be the sixth consecutive game Rodgers misses.
“Frankly, it's been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and (team) doctor (Pat) McKenzie,” McCarthy said.
Matt Flynn will make his third consecutive 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. They are a half-game behind division co-leaders Detroit and Chicago, both 7-6.
FALCONS: Have ruled out safety Thomas DeCoud for Sunday’s game against Washington.
DeCoud missed practice all week after leaving last week’s game at Green Bay with a concussion. Rookie Zeke Motta is expected to make his first start against the Redskins.
VIKINGS: Adrian Peterson is again proving his amazing recuperative powers.
Peterson returned to practice Friday with a sprained right foot, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles is questionable.
JAGUARS: Will likely be without starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew (strained hamstring) and strong safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh injury) on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Both players were listed as doubtful Friday because of injuries.
• The team released veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey on Friday after he was late for another meeting.
FINES: Denver linebacker Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the league on Friday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
• Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick was fined $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.
Marshall was docked $15,000 for wearing non-approved orange cleats during the Bears’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. He was also fined for the same thing in October.
• Dallas’ George Selvie, Baltimore’s Courtney Upshaw and Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd were each fined $15,750 for roughing the passer.
• Pittsburgh center Cody Wallace was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness – for repeatedly poking Miami’s Randy Starks in the backside with his left fist, trying to make the defensive tackle cough up a fumble he just recovered.