NFL news roundup: Aaron Rodgers out Week 16; Joe Flacco plays the lottery

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Aaron Rodgers still hasn't been cleared to return, so it'll again be up to Matt Flynn to keep the Packers in postseason contention.

The Green Bay Packers' season has been rescued by quarterback Matt Flynn, who led the team to back-to-back wins that put the team just behind the Chicago Bears for the lead in the NFC North. If the team hopes to set up a showdown against the Bears in Week 17 for a spot in the postseason, it will need Flynn to make things happen once again, because Aaron Rodgers has been officially ruled out for Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone seven weeks ago, which sent the Packers into a subsequent tailspin, and still hasn't been cleared to return. In the last two games, though, Flynn has accumulated 557 yards passing, five touchdowns and two interceptions to pick up back-to-back wins.

Here's a roundup of other news you may have missed on Friday:

Flacco plays the lottery

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a six-year contract worth $120.6 million in March after leading the team to a Super Bowl victory, but that didn't keep him from trying his luck at the Mega Millions jackpot that reached $648 million. Rob Owens, a 22-year-old Ravens fan, ran into the Ravens quarterback at a 7-Eleven in Maryland purchasing a ticket for the Mega Millions, which he has been trying his hand at since he was 18.

Nicks done for the year

Carl Nicks has played in just two games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 since contracting MRSA during training camp and will reportedly miss the last two games of the year, as well. The guard signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract during the 2012, which made him the highest paid offensive lineman in the league. In his absence, the Buccaneers' interior offensive line has struggled to get much push.

Welker to miss last two weeks

A concussion suffered by Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker in Week 14 has kept the diminutive playmaker out of the lineup and will reportedly keep him out until the postseason. The Broncos have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and expect to see Welker again, but the team hasn't yet clinched an extra week of rest for the receiver -- they are currently tied with the Chiefs for the best record in the AFC. The Broncos finish their season with a two-game road trip against the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders.

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