After Matt Flynn’s near come-from-behind victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers are definitely confident with their chances in their Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions. Nonetheless, I have to imagine Packer nation would be far more thrilled if quarterback Aaron Rodgers suited up instead.
As far as head coach Mike McCarthy is concerned, Rodgers’ chances of playing are not very good.
“He would like to go. I would say he’s slim to none. That’s what I’m thinking,” McCarthy said in his Monday press conference, according to Packers.com.
“It would be a huge stretch for (Rodgers) to play in this game.
“If he doesn’t practice Wednesday, he won’t play in the game.”
McCarthy says Wednesday, but that might be stretching it. Rodgers told sports writer Jason Wilde on their weekly radio program on 540 ESPN Milwaukee last week that he has a different opinion on when he needs to take reps.
“For that to happen, I would have to be on the (practice) field two days before the game. So that would be Friday this week or Tuesday of next week. Practicing. If that’s the case, there is a chance. If not, then I will be spectating.”
So, there you have it Packers’ fans. In order for Rodgers to take the field and lead Green Bay to victory over Detroit, he will have to be in pads and throwing no later than Tuesday. The good news is the Packers should be able to hang with the Lions with Flynn under center, assuming everyone else on the team comes to play.