Packers vs. Steelers: Aaron Rodgers Likely Not to Play, Green Bay's Playoff Hopes Dwindle

By Ryan Heckman
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This weekend, the Green Bay Packers face another must-win game if they are to have any shot at making the playoffs as the NFC North champion. The Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in a game where fans and players expected their leader to be back in action.

At the moment, that looks to be a long shot.

After friday’s practice, head coach Mike McCarthy had this to say about his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and the likeliness he will suit up Sunday:

“Looked very good at practice,” McCarthy said according to USA TODAY. “I would state him ready to play. But once again we’re going through the process, make sure we’re getting Matt (Flynn) ready to play. Matt took the majority of reps (in practice today).”

At first glance, the words look promising in a way. But, Rodgers’ session with the media took on a different feel. Again according to USA TODAY, Rodgers looked “terse” in his session with reporters — that doesn’t bode well for Sunday.

“Didn’t take a lot of reps with the team but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good. It’s obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point,” Rodgers said.

If Rodgers fails to suit up against the Steelers Sunday, Green Bay’s playoff hopes could be all but done with. Against the worst defense in the NFL last week, it took a miraculous comeback by Green Bay and an unbelievable collapse by the Dallas Cowboys to pull out a win with Flynn under center.

Flynn has looked decent, but he’s not a guy that can come in and light it up on command when his team needs it the most. The Packers’ defense has also been pretty miserable this season, which may make it difficult to stop one of the league’s leading receivers this season in Antonio Brown. Ben Roethlisberger has been a positive constant for Pittsburgh, and this team has nothing to lose in the game against Green Bay.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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