GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It will be Green Bay’s seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.
Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels Rodgers is not ready to play.
“Just as I’ve stated all along. We’ve got two different circumstances here. We’ve got Aaron Rodgers’ health, and obviously where we are as a football team,” McCarthy said. “Until we feel good about where Aaron is medically, that will not be part of the second circumstance. So as an organization, we are not ready for him to play.”
Peterson should play
Adrian Peterson shouldn’t have any reason to get “hot” at Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier this week.
Peterson returned to practice for Minnesota on Friday and is expected to play in Sunday’s game at Cincinnati as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks with his sprained right foot. The league’s second-leading rusher, Peterson is listed as questionable for the Vikings (4-9-1).
“I’m looking forward to playing this week,” Peterson said Friday. “Get another day to rest tomorrow, which is going to be good. As far as the foot goes, I’ll be ready to go.”
Peterson missed last week’s game after spraining his foot a week earlier at Baltimore. Though he returned to practice on a limited basis last Friday, Frazier held Peterson out of Sunday’s 48-30 win against Philadelphia. Frazier said it wasn’t an easy conversation with Peterson, who admitted to being “hot” and devastated” about having to sit out.
Foles fined for block
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday for an illegal peel-back block on Minnesota’s Erin Henderson during the Eagles’ loss Sunday.
Welker to miss 2 games
As expected, Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker was officially ruled out of this weekend’s game at Houston. He’s also expected to be held out of the Broncos’ regular-season finale at Oakland on Dec. 29 as a precaution against a third head injury this month.