NFL notes: Packers rule out QB Aaron Rodgers
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third straight game and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers’ fourth starting QB of the season when the Packers take on the Lions in Detroit today.
Rodgers, who suffered a fractured left collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago, practiced on Tuesday but was ruled out by coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday. The Packers have gone 0-3-1 without him.
After starting Seneca Wallace in the first game without Rodgers and Scott Tolzien for the next two after Wallace landed on IR with a groin injury, McCarthy will turn to Flynn, who rallied the team to a 26-26 tie against Minnesota on Sunday.
Flynn brought the Packers back from a 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit against the Vikings, completing 21 of 36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.
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Kansas City pass rusher Tamba Hali plans to play in Sunday’s matchup with Denver despite spraining his right ankle in last weekend’s loss to San Diego. Fellow linebacker Justin Houston is almost certain to miss the game with a dislocated elbow. … The Broncos placed defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated hip. … Oakland running back Darren McFadden went through a light practice and will play against Dallas today. McFadden has not played since straining a hamstring against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. … The Cowboys will be without linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant for the second straight game with hamstring injuries. Cornerback Morris Claiborne and WR/KR Dwayne Harris are also out with hamsting injuries. … Tennnessee signed veteran safety Shann Schillinger to replace Michael Griffin during his one-game suspension for illegal hits. … Minnesota middle linebacker Erin Henderson has returned to the team after a drunken-driving arrest a week ago. Coach Leslie Frazier said Henderson would play Sunday against Chicago. He will not start. … Former Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend at their home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Hennepin County prosecutors charged Jefferson with one count of felony domestic assault by strangulation.