Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third consecutive game and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers’ fourth starting quarterback of the season today when the Packers play the Lions in Detroit.
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 team’s first game without Rodgers and third-stringer Scott Tolzien for the next two games after Wallace landed on injured reserve with a groin injury, McCarthy will turn to Flynn, who rallied the team to a 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings 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.
“I’m very comfortable. Feel good with the playbook, feel good with the game plan, and I feel ready to go,” said Flynn, who was Rodgers’ backup from 2008 through 2011 and re-signed with the team Nov. 12 after Wallace’s injury. “I’ve been hitting the playbook hard and studying, and asking a lot of questions from Aaron, all the receivers, linemen — how they want things called, and how they want the operation to go. So I feel good.”
The Packers (5-5-1) are hoping Rodgers will return for their Dec. 8 home game against Atlanta. Their hope is to stay in the NFC North race until Rodgers’ returns. The Lions (6-5) and Bears (6-5) are tied for the division lead.
Around the league
The Denver Broncos placed defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated hip and signed Sione Fua. … Antonio Cromartie did not practice because of an ailing hip, and the New York Jets cornerback could be a game-time decision Sunday. … Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden went through a light practice Wednesday and will play against Dallas today. The Cowboys will be without linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant for the second consecutive game with hamstring injuries. … The Tennessee Titans signed veteran safety Shann Schillinger to replace Michael Griffin during his one-game suspension. Schillinger played 36 games with Atlanta over the past four seasons mostly on special teams. … Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Jeremy Mincey rejoined teammates Wednesday, four days after he was left home and fined for being late to a meeting. Mincey said he spread himself “too thin” between football, his 3-month-old daughter and his recording business.