While saying Aaron Rodgers feels ready to play, coach Mike McCarthy said it was tough to break the news to him that he wouldn’t be taking snaps on Sunday.
“Hey, it’s not the easiest thing to sit there and tell your franchise quarterback he can’t play in the game when he wants to play in the game,” McCarthy said after practice Friday. “This is clearly a decision that’s made in the best interest of Aaron Rodgers.”
Rodgers has been sidelined since he broke collarbone early in Green Bay’s loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday
“Frankly, it’s been a difficult morning going through the conversation with Aaron and [team] Doctor (Pat) McKenzie,” McCarthy said. “[Rodgers] feels like he’s ready to play. He’s had a good week of preparation. [But] he did very little today.
“He’s very disappointed. He’s frustrated. But speaking with Doctor McKenzie, this is the right decision.”
Matt Flynn will make his third consecutive start in place of Rodgers.
Peterson heals quickly
Adrian Peterson is again proving his amazing recuperative powers. Peterson returned to practice Friday for the Minnesota Vikings with a sprained right foot, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles is questionable.
Peterson practiced after being held out on Wednesday and Thursday. The league’s second-leading rusher with 1,221 yards spent the earlier part of the week in a walking boot and was restricted to work in a pool before Friday.
“Like our medical people mentioned to me on Monday, he’s so different than everybody else when it comes to recovering from injuries,” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. “We’ve been in situations in the past where you thought he wouldn’t make it and then he made it. It was always in the back of my mind there was a chance he’d make it. He’s amazing.”
Around the league
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III could miss Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. The team’s receiving leader, a former Mount Union standout has been plagued with a groin injury much of the season. Shorts confirmed after practice Friday that he would need surgery once the season was over. … Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin was in a walking boot at practice and is questionable for the St. Louis Rams’ game against the New Orleans Saints. … A struggling Chicago Bears defense will wait at least one more week to get seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs back after fracturing his left shoulder. … Kansas City Chiefs return specialist Dexter McCluster, who has already brought back two punts for touchdowns, was listed as questionable for the Raiders game after a small cut on his ankle got infected. … Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is questionable for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville after tweaking his knee in practice. … New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury. … Denver rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster fractured his right thumb in the Broncos’ 27-20 loss to San Diego on Thursday night. Webster was scheduled for surgery Friday. … The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive end Jeremy Mincey after he was late for another meeting. … The New York Jets put wide receiver Stephen Hill on injured reserve with an ailing left knee.