Aaron Rodgers chances of playing on Thanksgiving are 'slim to none'

The odds of Aaron Rodgers playing on Thursday are 'slim to none.' (USATSI)
The odds of Aaron Rodgers playing on Thursday are 'slim to none.' (USATSI)

After fracturing his collarbone against the Bears on Nov. 4, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had hoped to be back by Thanksgiving. However, it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Coach Mike McCarty said on Monday that the chances of Rodgers playing on Thanksgiving Day against Detroit are 'slim to none.' 

"He would like to go," McCarthy said. "Based on the information... I would say he’s slim to none. It would be a huge stretch for him to play in this game."

When Rodgers is healthy, he's obviously the starting quarterback in Green Bay, but there is a backup quarterback controversy brewing. Scott Tolzien was the starter in Green Bay's 26-26 tie with Minnesota on Sunday, but he might have lost his job to Matt Flynn.

Flynn replaced Tolzien in the third quarter against the Vikings and rallied the Packers back from a 23-7 deficit. Flynn threw for 218 yards and a touchdown, despite the fact that he's only been on the roster since Nov. 12.

McCarthy wouldn't commit to either quarterback when asked who Green Bay's starter would be on Thursday against the Lions. "Matt [Flynn] played very well. He deserves to start," McCarthy said. "I like the way Scott [Tolzien] has grown. We're going to do everything we can to make sure both are ready."

The last time Flynn started against the Lions, he made the most of it. In the Packers 2011 regular season finale, Flynn threw for 480-yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 Green Bay win. That one start played a large role in the contract Flynn would sign with the Seahawks before the 2012 season. Seattle would end up trading Flynn to the Raiders in April 2013, and between the two teams, Flynn ended up making a total of $14.5 million for one a total of one start. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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