Aaron Rodgers ruled out for Week 14

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Aaron Rodgers again will have to stay on the sideline this week. (USATSI)
Aaron Rodgers again will have to stay on the sideline this week. (USATSI)

For the fifth-straight week after breaking his collarbone, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out for this Sunday vs. the Falcons.

Earlier this week, coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn't looking to sit down Rodgers for the rest of the season but that he also wasn't ruling him out to play Sunday. On Tuesday, though, Rodgers still wasn't cleared to play.

"Aaron's frustrated," McCarthy told reporters. "We're in meetings all day together. He's like every other player fighting to get on the field."

Rodgers has been practicing on a limited basis, but clearly, the X-ray on his collarbone this week didn't give doctors enough confidence to let him play.

In Rodgers' absence, Matt Flynn will get the start vs. Atlanta.

"I haven't been medically cleared yet. But I am able to practice," Rodgers said this week. "Unfortunately for everybody involved, it's just going to be a waiting game. I won't be able to play if I'm not medically cleared ...

"When I'm ready to play and everyone is on board, then I'm going to play. I know there's a rush to get back out there. I feel it internally, but also externally. I desperately want to be out there, but it has to look good."

So far, it apparently doesn't look good enough.

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