Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers announced Friday. Rodgers returned to practice Thursday off a broken collarbone, but Matt Flynn continued to take first-team reps.
Rodgers' return to practice should give Packers fans some hope that he can play Week 15 in what could be a pivotal game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers are in the deep rough of the NFC playoff picture at 5-6-1 overall, but a timely win streak could easily thrust them back into relevance if they receive a few breaks elsewhere.
The Packers have struggled mightily since Rodgers went down in Week 9. Heading into a matchup against the Bears, the Packers were 5-2 and in firm control of the NFC North. Since they have gone 0-4-1 with Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien taking turns at quarterback before Flynn re-took the reins.
The Packers are reeling after a 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. During the game, Flynn went just 10 for 20 passing for 139 yards and one interception. The Packers are facing a bad Falcons team this weekend, but a repeat performance from Flynn means a sixth straight week without a win.